DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing ripped Michigan officials Tuesday for failing to deliver on promises then announced he won’t seek re-election in the city, which recently became the nation’s largest placed under state oversight.
“What matters most to me is giving residents a better Detroit,” Bing said in making the announcement at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. “I have to wonder if the state is truly interested in a partnership.”
The 69-year-old professional basketball Hall-of-Famer and ex-steel supply company owner was elected mayor in 2009. At least six other candidates could file to run by the deadline on Tuesday, setting up an August primary ahead of the November election.
Bing took office having 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.
Bing said he remains opposed to having an emergency manager over the city’s finances even though he has repeatedly said he would work with him.
“Fighting doesn’t fix anything,” he said.
In a statement Tuesday, Orr commended Bing on his service to Detroit.
“The work that he has begun has set Detroit on a path to achieve many of the goals necessary for the city to thrive,” Orr said.
Bing criticized a decision by a regional council of governments to cut funding to the city’s bus department while increasing allocations to a suburban bus system. He also said Lansing’s approval of the development of a water and sewer system in Genesee County shows an unwillingness to truly help Detroit. Flint and other cities in Genesee County currently pay Detroit for water and sewer services.
He told reporters for months that he was contemplating the decision and waited until Tuesday’s deadline to announce it. He said, however, he will form an exploratory committee for a possible run for Wayne County executive.
He stepped into the race for mayor to fill out the remaining months of Kwame Kilpatrick’s second term in office after the former mayor was convicted and jailed on charges related to lying on the stand during a civil trial.
Bing defeated Ken Cockrel Jr. in May 2009 in a special election. Cockrel had moved up to the mayor’s office from his post as City Council president following Kilpatrick’s fall.
In November, Detroit voters elected the founder and owner of the Bing Group, which included a steel supply company Bing founded in 1980.
A reluctant politician, Bing knew the city’s fiscal troubles ran deep, but saw just how severe the debt and deficit were after taking office. He complained that systems crucial to run city operations were antiquated and inefficient.
“You knew that the city was in bad shape,” he told reporters more than two years into his first term. “I didn’t know it was in worse shape than I thought coming in. The reality is we had to be very basic and fix a lot of things.”
Born in Washington D.C., Bing was an All-America guard at Syracuse University and was the second overall pick in the 1966 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. He spent a dozen years in the NBA and in 1990 was elected into the professional basketball Hall of Fame. Bing later was named in 1996 as one of the 50 greatest players in the league’s history.
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1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
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2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
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8. new new
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9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
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10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
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14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
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18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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