DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing picked up petitions Thursday to run for re-election, seeking his second full term in office. Bing’s action amid all of the controversy and speculation regarding the mayor’s perfromance thus far, is causing a stir in political and business circles throughout the city and Michigan’s southeast region.
Add Tom Barrow, a four-time mayoral candidate, to the mix and the field of Detroit’s contenders for the city’s top job gets interesting. Barrow dropped off about 3,300 signatures increasing the number of mayoral candidates to seven.
Mayoral candidate front runners Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan made news earlier this week when a poll conducted by Main Street Strategies, a Lansing-based political advocacy and communications firm, found Napoleon with the support of 39% of likely Democratic primary voters in Detroit, compared with 35% for Duggan.
Other candidates came in with far lower numbers: former state Rep. Lisa Howze at 9%, former Detroit city attorney Krystal Crittendon at 7% and state Rep. Fred Durhal Jr. at 4%. Tom Barrow, who is not a declared candidate, polled 5%.
In a head-to-head matchup, Napoleon’s lead grows larger, the poll found, with 45% of voters favoring him and 35% for Duggan, with 20% undecided.