But unlike most local civil servants who received bad news, Mr. Dagan responded by engaging in a public battle with the Census Bureau and suggesting that he might sue. He said the bureau under former President Donald J. Trump did not give field recruiters enough time to do their job last year. He said the change to online surveys also had a disadvantage to the city. The pandemic didn’t help.
“The census is virtually inaccurate,” Duggan said in an interview, saying he expressed concern about the process last fall, long before the numbers were released. “It was a census error, and we’re going to reverse it.”
Census officials refused to discuss the mayor’s specific allegations, but defended their work in an unsigned statement, saying local authorities who thought they were wrong could appeal. No amendments will affect the data used for political subdivision, the agency said.
Detroit has precedent that the census controversy has paid off. After counting in 1990, then mayor Coleman A. Young challenged the tally in court and allowed the bureau to admit that he had missed tens of thousands of residents.
Nonetheless, the recent decline in population ended in second place behind Mr. Dagan in the low turnout primary, opening political opening to Anthony Adams, who again confronts his fellow Democrats in the November general election. Brought.
“We are starting to lose the black population of the city, and we are losing it because the policies of this administration are harmful to those who were here through the thick and the thin,” his campaign said. The focus was on reducing crime, reforming police, and retaining long-standing residents in the city.
Even some of Mr. Dagan’s allies were not convinced by his census rhetoric.
Paul A, a city planner and economic developer who leads the Osborn Business Association. Garrison II acknowledged that Duggan has fostered new businesses, tackled neighborhood issues and attracted educated newcomers to Detroit. He even said he had a Dagan campaign sign in his yard. However, Dr. Garrison did not purchase a large-scale underpopulation claim.