Dave Bing Elected Detroit Mayor - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue


In what Detroit newspapers called “a stunning victory” local businessman Dave Bing was elected mayor Tuesday and will finish serving the remaining term of convicted Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

The former Detroit Piston defeated interim Mayor Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr. yesterday in a runoff election by 52.3% to 47.7%. Only 15% of registered voters cast ballots.

“The real work starts now,” said Bing, 65, an NBA Hall of Famer and owner of the Bing Group, (No. 35 on the BE Industrial/Service 100 list with $131 million in revenues), in his victory speech last night.  “I will bring efficiency, transparency, honesty and integrity back to the mayor’s office,” he said to cheers and applause.

Bing faces tough challenges ahead, including addressing the city’s unemployment rate that hovers at 22.8%, and a budget deficit that Cockrel had estimated at between $250 million and $300 million, dwindling revenues and previously unchecked spending, according to the Associated Press. Bing will also need to work to halt widespread crime and oversee the expansion of Detroit’s outdated convention center.

“We will start immediately and try to attract jobs back into the city of Detroit. We will [try] to make sure our neighborhoods are safe.”

Bing plans to work with people outside of the city’s limits to bring in money to salvage the COBO Convention Center  rehabilitation plan that did not pass under Cockrel’s administration, says the Detroit Free Press. Throughout his campaign, Bing accused Cockrel of lacking the leadership skills necessary to get the city council behind the COBO project, which is high on Bing’s agenda.

“You have not seen the last of me,” Cockrel told supporters as they chanted: “Run, Ken, run” in reference to a possible second race for mayor. Cockrel was city council president before Kilpatrick’s departure automatically promoted him to mayor. He’ll now return to that job.

Bing will serve the rest of Kilpatrick’s term through Dec. 31. Kilpatrick was convicted of perjury related to a sex scandal involving his chief of staff. Another mayoral primary will be held in August and a general election in November to decide who will serve as mayor for the four-year term that starts in 2010.

Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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