Motown's Mayor: Detroit Elects David Bing

Big challenges ahead for a troubled city's new leader

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Detroit voters went to the polls yesterday to elect an interim mayor to finish out disgraced, ousted, and convicted Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's term. The winner? David Bing -- former star of the Detroit Pistons, turned local business leader. Despite trailing in the polls, Bing beat out Ken Cockrel, the man currently sitting in the mayor's office. The new mayor takes on a city in financial crisis. For more we turn to Noah Ovshinsky, a political reporter for WDET in Detroit, who has been covering the mayoral race.

Guests:

Noah Ovshinsky

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Comments [2]

Jeremiah Staes

I think we had a choice between two great candidates, and I'm very encouraged by the election and the progress.

Even more telling is the passing of a proposal that's going to work to rewrite our city charter - so that the veritable hell of the last few months has a much smaller chance of happening.

I am planning on doing more and investing even more as well as pushing others to do so in the city. We need to come together as a region and face the real economic problems that our region does.

May. 06 2009 06:15 PM
John A. Ferry

92% of the registered voters DID NOT vote for Dave Bing. His election has prompted me to leave the city. He is a suburban businessman, not a city resident. He has NEVER faced financial adversity, and now he is going to run the most financially challenged city imaginable. I trust him to continue to help the business community at the expense of the residents.

May. 06 2009 08:38 AM

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