Detroit Mayoral Race Heats Up Amid City Council Lawsuit - Page 2 of 2 - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

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On the other hand, as owner of automotive supplier The Bing Group (No. 35 on the BE Industrial/Service 100 list with $131 million in revenues), Bing’s business knowledge has garnered him a great deal of respect. The Detroit News endorsed Bing, saying he knows how to create jobs because he has been doing it for 32 years.

“I know how to do that. I’ve been successful at it, and that is what our city needs; somebody who can create jobs,” says Bing

Cockrel says he wants to train workers in the skills demanded by the emerging green economy and wants to restore the city’s Workforce Development Department which became a “dumping ground” for political hires under Mayor Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick, who was once seen as a promising young leader, had a mayoral career ruined by a perjury conviction and sex scandal. He was found guilty after covering up an extramarital affair with his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty. He served 99 days in the Wayne County detention facility in Detroit. The Detroit city charter dictated that Cockrel would step in after Kilpatrick resigned. Like Kilpatrick, neither candidate has been upfront with the electorate.

Cockrel and Bing went mano-y-mano in their first mayoral debate last week, and integrity guided the discussion. Bing was accused of exaggerating his educational achievements and until the debate, Cockrel refused to disclose his personal financial records.

They are debate again April 15 at the Detroit Economic Club and on April 23 at the studios of WXYZ.

Bill Ballenger, editor of the newsletter Inside Michigan Politics, says that in the wake of Kilpatrick Detroiters are looking for a mayor with integrity who is willing to lead a transparent administration, and make the interests of Detroit citizen’s a top priority.

The winner will need to run again in August for the regularly scheduled 2009 mayoral primary, followed by the general election in November.

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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, 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 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 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.