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Bing staying mum re-election plans

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is still being coy about whether he’s running for a second term.

Even though the primary election is still just under a year away, the field is already getting crowded. Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan announced he’s strongly considering a run this week.

But Bing is still keeping mum on his plans—at least publicly.

“All I’m interested in right now is getting work done,” Bing said Thursday. “I’m focusing on several things. And you know that our city is…under siege. My focus has to be on the next 15 months.”

Bing says he considers Duggan “a friend” who has “every right” to be in the race.

Bing and Duggan both have close ties to Detroit’s business community. Many observers think business leaders who have soured on Bing could throw their support to Duggan.

State Representative Lisa Howze is in the race, and Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh has also expressed interest. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon’s name has also been floated as a possibility.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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