Bing picks up petitions, still deciding on re-election bid

Bing picks up petitions, still deciding on re-election bid

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing held a news conference after picking up nominating petitions on Thursday. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing held a news conference after picking up nominating petitions on Thursday.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

There was an unexpected scene Thursday outside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit.  Hundreds were forced to evacuate because of smoke in the boiler room.

However, it got even more unpredictable once everyone was allowed back inside.  In the clerk's office with cameras surrounding him, Mayor Dave Bing signed his nomination petition and collected his petition forms, but then in a news conference that followed, he said he still hasn't completely made up his mind.

"When I make the decision to get in it, then yes, I'm in it to win it," Bing said.

Bing moves forward on a move to run for re-election for mayor of a city that right now is under the control of an emergency manager.  Kevyn Orr has 17 months left to fix the city's finances.

Bing, who still supports state control, feels it will take longer than that, and he wants to finish what he started despite the criticism that he has faced along the way.

"I'm not sure that another four years will fix the city, but at least I think it puts you on a path that's going to be positive," Bing said.

Bing's likely run will put him up against seven other candidates, including accountant Tom Barrow, who turned in his petitions Thursday at the same time Bing collected his.  Barrow ran against Bing back in 2009.

The candidates aren't a consideration for Bing, who said he will make his final decision once he talks to people internally and members of his family because he knows what kind of commitment it will be.

"I'm a competitor.  Competition is good.  So I'm not concerned about who's in the race.  If once I decide to get in to it, then I don't give a damn who's in the race," Bing said.

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