Detroit elects first white mayor in more than 4 decades

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November 6, 2013 — Updated 1903 GMT (0303 HKT) Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan celebrates his mayoral victory Tuesday night. (CNN) — Detroit elected Mike Duggan mayor Tuesday. And he’s white. Of course, he has numerous qualifications for the job — experience as a hospital CEO, county executive, former prosecutor, etc. — but in a city where four of five residents are African-American and no Caucasian has held the city’s highest office in almost four decades, the headline is that Duggan is white. The last white mayor to take the city’s helm was former sheriff and prosecutor Roman Gribbs, who served from 1970 to 1974. Duggan, 55, will replace outgoing Mayor Dave Bing after defeating…

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