Mayor Bing curiously quiet about re-election bid; 7 likely contenders so far

mayorbingIn just six months, Detroiters will select the top two mayoral candidates during the nonpartisan primary.

While the field of serious or declared candidates has reached seven, Mayor Dave Bing hasn’t said whether he’s running for re-election.

“Maybe we better move on to the next question,” Bing said when asked about re-election at a press conference late last week. “I’m not ready to make a decision yet. I didn’t come to this job as a politician. I’m here to try to fix some of our problems.”

The mayor paused, and then added: “As long as the people want me here, I will take a look at it.”

Bing is hosting a fundraiser Feb. 27.

Bing’s popularity has plummeted since taking office because of his handling of a budget crisis that soon will lead to the takeover of a state emergency manager.

Among the field of candidates for mayor is Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, former Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Duggan, state Reps. Lisa Howze and Fred Durhal, former city attorney Krystal Crittendon, doctorate student Andrae Townsel and community activist Tom Barrow.

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

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  • Christopher Rochon

    i really hope he get re-election!

  • bebow

    It doesn’t matter who occupies the Manoogian. That’s a distraction. An EM is coming. Bankruptcy is on the horizon. More “nasty options,” per the Free Press, are on the way for unselected residents. The government should have no expectations of collecting exorbitant taxes while providing no services and inflicting Third World conditions on the majority of the population. What’s nastier than nasty? It’s time to go. The players can inflict their “nasty options” on each other.

  • Good story Steve. Folks, Bing was never elected in the first place and he will definitely not run….I, along with some 60 others, saw the seals on the cases had been changed which caused the Wayne County Board of Canvassers to not recount 59,961 voted ballots, including all of Detroit’s 41,215 absentees! This was a first in the history of this country and no one was even held accountable. Our discovery was kept quiet by the main stream media because the $500M bond issue was on the same ballot. Bear in mind folks that there was only a 9,500 difference to change the outcome. Detroit, they are and WILL do it again as long as the people on West Grand Boulevard are the same. Get behind Citizens for Detroit’s Future’s Challenger and Ballot Security Program as we understand that a former FBI security specialist has been hired by one potential mayoral candidate’s campaign to assure an honest election and we will be involved. We can’t let it happen again! and click “Be a Challenger”

    • bebow

      A first in the history of this country? Kwame’s second win left a question mark in my mind.

    • You are delusional, Mr. Barrow. Your conspiracy theories have been rejected by every court you’ve taken them to (correct?); this entire term, you’ve been working to undermine the will of the people, including in the Belle Isle deal; and now you’re wanting to stick us with an extra sales tax so that the city can continue its reckless spending. Bing would have my vote — against you.