Detroit Mayor Bing gets papers for 2nd 4-year term
By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press April 25, 2013 2:10PM
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor and former NBA star Dave Bing announced Thursday that he will start circulating nominating petitions for a second four-year term leading the deficit-ridden city that now operates under a state financial manager.
Bing, 69, picked up the petitions Thursday afternoon at the city clerk’s office for a spot on the August primary ballot. The top two vote-getters advance to November’s general election.
“This city deserves to be fixed,” Bing told reporters afterward. “I said from the beginning there’s no way we’re going to fix this city in one term. I still stick with that. We’ve made some positive things happen, but this city is nowhere near being fixed.”
Bing said he still considers his candidacy tentative, noting that he has until May 14 to submit the petitions.
“I don’t think I could wait any longer,” he said. “When I make the decision to get in it, I’m in it to win it.”
He inherited a budget deficit that now stands at $327 million and a long-term debt of more than $14 billion that includes retiree and other obligations. The city’s population has fallen from a 1950 peak of 1.8 million to about 700,000, mainly low-income residents.
Bing was silent for months on his re-election intentions as Detroit entered state oversight. Gov. Rick Snyder in March named bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr as Detroit’s emergency manager.
Bing, a former star with the Detroit Pistons, has said he is working closely with Orr, who must approve all financial decisions.
At his news conference, Bing said that he knew another campaign was a big commitment and another four years would be demanding.
“This is a huge decision for anybody who is going to run,” Bing said. “If you haven’t been here, you have no idea what it’s like, even in good times. And these are not good time.”
Bing was elected mayor in May 2009 to complete the remaining months of disgraced ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s second term. Voters re-elected Bing that November.
Bing faces several challengers this year. They include Mike Duggan, a former chief executive of the Detroit Medical Center, and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. The field also includes State Rep. Fred Durhal, former Detroit corporation counsel Krystal Crittendon and former state Rep. Lisa Howze.
Moments after Bing picked up his petitions, Tom Barrow, an accountant who previously ran for the office, submitted his signed petitions. The 64-year-old Barrow told the Detroit Free Press that his campaign will be based on “a new paradigm, bringing in new people, a fresh approach to our problems and issues.”