Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan marries Sonia Hassan in Florida ceremony

September 29, 2021, 10:58 AM by  Violet Ikonomova

Mayor Duggan and fiance Dr. Sonia Hassan on primary night in Detroit. (Photo: Allan Lengel)

Two years after Detroit's Office of the Inspector General found Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gave preferential treatment to a prenatal program run by his then-rumored mistress, Wayne State medical researcher Sonia Hassan, wedding bells have rung for the two and the mayor is cruising to likely re-election.

The pair was married in a family ceremony in Florida on Saturday, Duggan spokesman John Roach announced in a news release Wednesday. The wedding was performed by Imam Jihad Turk and Dan Duggan, the mayor’s brother.

"We appreciate all the good wishes we’ve received since the announcement of our engagement in June,” Mayor Duggan and Hassan said. “We especially thank our families for their love and support.”

The pair had a two-day honeymoon before Duggan came back to Detroit Tuesday in time for one of his city council allies to be convicted of bribery. He called it a sad day for Detroit and the family of council member Andre Spivey.

Duggan emerged largely unscathed from the OIG's 2019 investigation, which also found his top aides deleted emails and hid the city's fundraising effort for Hassan's organization, Make Your Date. Duggan pushed back on the findings and did not reprimand anyone involved.

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