After four years in office, Dave Bing has announced that he won’t be seeking a second term as mayor of Detroit.
Promising to bring stability and integrity to the job in the wake of Kwame Kilpatrick’s felonious reign, he avoided scandal but also failed to right the city’s finances and prevent the appointment of an emergency manager to run the city.
A novice politician when he first took office, it was a job the former businessman and NBA star never seemed completely comfortable holding. It didn’t help that his administration was plagued by frequent changes in top-tier appointees.
Given that he was never really able to fine a groove and failed to generate much enthusiastic support among throughout his time in office, the surprising thing about his announcement wasn’t that he won’t be seeking re-election, but rather that he will look into the possibility of running for Wayne County Chief Executive in 2014.
Considering the scandals surrounding current Chief Exec Bob Ficano, maybe Bing is figuring that a campaign based on restoring integrity to office could again be a winner.