DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor and former NBA star Dave Bing has taken the first step toward running for a second four-year term as leader of the deficit-ridden city now operating under a state financial manager.
The 69-year-old former Detroit Pistons player picked up nominating petitions Thursday for a spot on the August primary ballot. The top two vote-getters advance to November’s general election.
Bing says the city “deserves to be fixed” and it will take more than one term.
Detroit faces a $327 million budget deficit and long-term debt of more than $14 billion.
Bing says his candidacy is tentative, and has until May 14 to submit petitions.
Bing’s been silent about his re-election intentions as Detroit entered state oversight. Gov. Rick Snyder named Kevyn Orr as Detroit’s emergency manager in March.