Detroit Mayor Defers Talk Of His Political Future

November 7, 2012

As President Obama and several members of Michigan’s congressional delegation celebrate victory – one high-profile Democrat has yet to confirm whether he’ll seek re-election – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Bing – who once said he would only serve one term as Mayor of Detroit -- has never formally declared his intention to run again for the office. He was criticized by union leaders and city council members alike when he reached a financial consent agreement with the state…and his administration showed only limited success in stemming violent crime in Detroit. But Bing sounds every bit like a potential candidate who believes he can scrape any tarnish off of his image. “Right now I’m working very diligently to make sure that a lot of the things that we have in queue…a lot of things that we’ve planned for we’ll be able to bring forward in the next 90 to 120 days. And so I think what’ll happen is our citizens here in the city of Detroit will see some positive things start to happen with our administration.” Several high-profile figures – including Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan – have begun to explore the possibility of challenging Bing should he decide to seek re-election.