Dave Bing (basketball legend) was elected Tuesday as Detroit's mayor through the end of the year, sweeping the incumbent from office in the city with myriad problems.
He has a lot on his plate. Detroit has gone through so much in the last couple of years. The scandal that Kwame Kilpatrick's office brought last year was an unwarranted focus on the city.
Bing, 65, will be mayor through 2009, serving the balance of the term that belonged to Democrat Kwame Kilpatrick.
Bing must run again in the regular Aug. 4 nonpartisan primary and win the Nov. 3 general election to hold the mayor's seat for a full four years.
The founder of steel manufacturer The Bing Group announced his run for mayor the day after Kilpatrick stepped down as part of pleas to two criminal cases. The city has a $250 million to $300 million budget deficit, double-digit unemployment and a wave of home foreclosures
Source: Associated Press