Nation: Detroit's Big Issue

The odds were heavy that Detroit's amiable Mayor Louis Miriani, 64, would be re-elected in a breeze. After a decade on Detroit's governing Common Council and four years in the mayor's office, Miriani seemed to be an institution. He had the support not only of Detroit's daily newspapers but of civic leaders ranging from labor officials to Henry Ford II to Democratic Senator Patrick McNamara. Opposing Miriani in the nonpartisan election was an unknown named Jerome P. Cavanagh, 33, a lawyer who had never before run for public office. At first, Cavanagh's chief political asset seemed to be his photogenic wife...

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