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.
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“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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Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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