Candidates Duggan and Napoleon Square off in Final Debate


The Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce, BTWBA and WXYZ-TV will host the final debate between Detroit mayoral candidates Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The debate takes place exactly one week before Detroiters go to the polls to choose their next mayor.

The candidates will face-off at Channel 7’s Broadcast House from 7-8 p.m. in front of a live studio audience. A larger audience of Detroit voters will watch and participate in the debate from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History where Channel 7 anchor/reporter Glenda Lewis will be on hand. Channel 7 Action News anchor Stephen Clark will moderate a special post-debate webcast from 8-8:30 p.m. from the museum hosted by the Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and Booker T. Washington Business Association.


“The Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce is committed to bringing value, leadership and advocacy to its members and partnering with WXYZ-TV and BTWBA for this mayoral debate shows that by working together we can better serve the residents of Detroit. This is the final mayoral debate, I personally urge each and every Detroit voter to make your voice heard on Nov. 5th,” said Tony Stovall, president of the DBCC.


Channel 7’s editorial and public affairs director Chuck Stokes will moderate this final Detroit mayoral debate. Questions will be asked by a panel that includes Carolyn Clifford, 7 Action News anchor; Lloyd Jackson, WJR News/Talk 760 assistant news director; Bankole Thompson, senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle; and Crain’s Detroit Business Publisher Mary Kramer. The Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and Booker T. Washington Business Association are also participating sponsors of the debate.

Detroit voters are encouraged to submit their questions for the candidates on or by calling WXYZ’s debate hotline at (248) 827-9424. Other participating organizations include the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, MMSDC, MMCA, WIN and IBA. Seating is limited, so you must RSVP by October 22nd to be included in the simulcast audience and webcast at the Charles H. Wright Museum by calling (313) 330-2669, Tony Stovall, president of DBCC at 313-961-6779 or email, to confirm seating.

Viewers will be able to watch the debate live on WXYZ-TV as well as on and the station’s mobile apps and us #7Debate.

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