Bing won't seek re-election as Detroit mayor

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Associated Press

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 5:03 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he won't seek a second term as leader of the financially troubled city.

Bing made the announcement Tuesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The 69-year-old professional basketball Hall-of-Famer and ex-steel supply company owner was elected mayor in 2009. He inherited a budget deficit of more than $300 million. It could reach $386 million before July 1.

In March, Detroit became the largest city in the country to fall under state oversight when Gov. Rick Snyder appointed bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr as emergency manager. Orr has final say on all city financial matters.

At least six other candidates could file to run by the deadline on Tuesday, setting up an August primary ahead of the November election.

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