Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett shocked state election officials in August when she suggested the city dump 20,000 votes for mayoral candidate Mike Duggan because of clerical errors.
It was especially alarming since Garrett, who oversees elections in the county, showed her unabashed support for Napoleon by joining him on stage during his mayoral announcement.
Turns out, her husband, Keith Williams, has been serving as a paid consultant for Napoleon’s campaign, most recently receiving $3,000 for his work in October, according to newly filed campaign finance reports.
For the first time during the election, Napoleon’s campaign wouldn’t respond to our questions.
Garrett’s husband isn’t the only relative with a role in Napoleon’s campaign. Her brother, Al Garrett, is president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which has endorsed Napoleon. AFSCME also bankrolls Robert Davis, who has been at the head of several attempts to remove Duggan from the ballot.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.