Dave Bing elected to full term as Detroit mayor
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 19:10:38 GMT —
Professional basketball Hall of Famer and Syracuse University legend Dave Bing has been re-elected as mayor of Detroit.
The 65-year-old Democrat defeated accountant Tom Barrow in Tuesday's nonpartisan general election.
Bing's NBA career lasted 12 seasons, nine with the Detroit Pistons. He starred for SU for three seasons from 1963-66 and was named All-America his senior year.
As mayor, he has laid off workers and demanded a ten percent wage cut to help address the city's ongoing budget deficit.
It was the fourth time Detroit voters cast ballots this year for mayor. Bing received the most votes in a February primary and defeated incumbent Ken Cockrel Jr. in a May runoff to complete Kwame Kilpatrick's second term. Kilpatrick resigned as part of pleas in two criminal cases. Bing also received the most votes in the August primary.