NBA Legend Dave Bing Elected Mayor Of Detroit
Basketball legend Dave Bing was elected Tuesday as Detroit’s mayor through the end of the year, sweeping the incumbent from office in the city with myriad problems. “The real work starts now,” Bing said to loud cheers during his victory speech.
“What we will bring … is efficiency, transparency, honesty and integrity back to the mayor’s office,” he said.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bing had 52.3 percent of the vote, or 49,054 votes, to 47.7 percent, or 44,770 votes, for Cockrel. Both are Democrats.
Bing, 65, will be mayor through 2009, serving the balance of the term that belonged to Democrat Kwame Kilpatrick, who resigned in September and went to jail after admitting he lied during a civil trial to cover up an affair with his chief of staff.
Bing must run again in the regular Aug. 4 non-partisan 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 Rev. Jesse Jackson said Bing would bring business acumen and credibility to Detroit.
“When he played basketball he thrilled us. When he moved into business he hired us. Now he will lead us,” the civil rights leader said during a telephone interview.