Detroit Mayor Dave Bing Won’t Seek Re-Election

Source: Darren A. Nichols / The Detroit News

Detroit — Mayor Dave Bing will not seek re-election to a second term as Detroit mayor, but said in a surprise announcement Tuesday he will create an committee to explore other opportunities, including a possible run for Wayne County executive.

Standing amid supporters at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Bing said he and his administration have put the city on the right path to restructuring, but that he’s begun to question whether the state truly wants to act as a partner after installing an emergency manager in Detroit.

Bing, 69, an NBA Hall of Famer and businessman, said he and his administration have “worked diligently to restore integrity to the mayor’s office and rebuild our citizens’ trust in city government.”

In his 30-minute speech, Bing touted his administration’s successes, including keeping GM headquarters in Detroit; restoring Cobo Center as a host for the North American International Auto Show; improving transportation options; demolishing vacant blighted properties; and creating an authority to fix public lighting. He said his administration has worked to cut expenses and increase revenues “even before” the appointment of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

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