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Detroit Mayor gets petitions for 2nd 4-year term

Thursday - 4/25/2013, 3:35pm  ET

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing prepares to sign for nominating petitions needed if he is to make a re-election run. He picked up the petitions Thursday from the Detroit City Clerk's office. May 14 is the filing deadline for the city's August primary. Voters elected Bing in 2009 to his first term as mayor. (AP Photo/Corey Williams)

Associated Press

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.

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