Coleman Young's son to run for Detroit mayor

DETROIT (AP) -- The son of the late Detroit Mayor Coleman Young is running for the job his father held from 1973 to 1993.

State Rep. Coleman Young II picked up petitions Monday to run in Detroit's Feb. 24 special mayoral primary to fill out Kwame Kilpatrick's term.

Young, like his father a Democrat, was elected to the state House in 2006 and represents a district covering parts of downtown and the east side.

The Detroit Free Press says at least 32 Detroit residents have taken out petitions to run for mayor. Candidates must collect a minimum of 583 valid signatures to make the ballot. The runoff election is May 5.

The 25-year-old Young told The Detroit News he's ready to lead despite his youth.

Kilpatrick resigned Sept. 18 as part of a plea deal in two criminal cases.

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