Reporting Charlie Langton
MACKINAC ISLAND (Talk Radio 1270) – Speaking live on Talk Radio 1270 Thursday morning, the Mayor of Detroit talked about his time in office and hinted at whether he’ll be running for a second term or not.
At the Mackinac Policy Conference, Talk Radio 1270 Morning Show Host Charlie Langton spoke with Mayor Dave Bing, who called his time as mayor the toughest job he’s ever had.
“Outside of the President of the United States, I think this is the toughest job in the country. People from the outside have no idea, I would be included in that, the depth and the breath of the problems that were there, I mean just a lot of basic stuff,” said Bing.
When asked to give himself a letter grade on the progress his administration has made over the last year or so, Bing wasn’t so sure what to say.
“That’s going to be difficult for me to do, and the reason for that is that we’ve got a lot of things in queue and so I would tell you through the end of this year, a lot of those things are going to become a reality,” said Bing. “So there are a lot of things that are starting to happen that are going to come out that I think would add to if I were to give myself a grade, I want to make sure that those things are in play.”
The mayor said it’s possible he could run for another term in office, but his focus is mainly on the task at hand.
“Right now my focus is on doing what I need to do to have some traction in Detroit, and that means fixing the buses, that means fixing the lights, that means keeping the rec centers open… There are a lot of things that we are doing right now that I think over the short-term will come to fruition,” he said.
Regardless of who gets elected to office, Bing said it should be a smooth transition.
“Whether it’s me for another term or whether somebody else comes in here, we’ve fixed some things that will make the next four years much easier and better for whomever.”
Hear Bing talk about his relationship with Gov. Rick Snyder, his stance on “K2″ or synthetic marijuana, blight in Detroit, the financial advisory board and more: