Fired Detroit attorney Crittendon, who opposes state intervention, announces bid to run for mayor

A week after she was fired as the city of Detroit’s top attorney, Krystal Crittendon announced this morning that she is seriously considering a run for mayor, a move that could drastically change the dynamics of the 2013 race.

Mayor Dave Bing convinced a majority of city council members last week to fire Crittendon as corporation counsel because of her commitment to challenge any state financial takeover in court. Bing said Crittendon was an antagonist at a time when unity was needed to avoid bankruptcy.

“Detroit doesn’t need an emergency manager,” Crittendon said on NewsTalk 1200AM this morning. “Detroit needs to manage its emergency.”

Crittendon said she’s creating an exploratory committee to determine whether she has the support to run.

“I have so many people coming in who want to help,” Crittendon said.

Also mulling mayoral campaigns with an exploratory committee are former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. State House Reps. Lisa Howze and Fred Durhal, Jr. have already filed for candidacy. Bing has not yet announced whether he’ll run for re-election.

Crittendon, who is getting support from Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, is likely to shake up the race. Crittendon represents a sizable portion of the city that is opposed to a state takeover, which Bing and city council have begrudgingly supported.

“If we put the resources together, Detroit can manage its own affairs,” Crittendon said. “We have to start implanting a plan.”

Howze also is to appear on 12o0AM at 10 this morning to discuss her plan for the city. She will be joined by former Detroit Police Chief James Barren, who is Howze’s senior advisor on crime and law enforcement.

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Steve Neavling is an investigative journalist and former city hall reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Living on the city’s east side, Neavling explores corruption, civil liberties and the underbelly of an oft-misunderstood city.

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