Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

May 16, 2009

Op-Ed: Mich. infrastructure in 'dire straits"

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Analysts had expected that Cockrel, Kwame Kenyatta, a well-known member of council, and perhaps some other major and well-funded candidates would jump into the race. That would have forced Mayor Bing to spend much of his time campaigning, instead of wrestling with crime, unemployment and the city's massive deficit.

But all the top-tier contenders pulled out of the race, meaning Bing will face only a handful of gadflies in the August primary, and one better-known opponent. That man is Tom Barrow, an accountant who ran twice against Coleman Young in the 1980s.

The years since haven't been kind to Barrow; he did a stretch in federal prison for tax evasion, and still owes the IRS more than $150,000, factors he said the voters shouldn't hold against him.

Barring a miracle, the next two-elections should be a slam-dunk for Dave Bing.

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