Detroit's Mayor Won't Run for Re-Election

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing ripped Michigan officials Tuesday for failing to deliver on promises and then announced he won't seek re-election in the city, which recently became the nation's largest to be placed under state oversight.

"What matters most to me is giving residents a better Detroit," Mr. Bing said in making the announcement at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. "I have to wonder if the state is truly interested in a partnership."

The 69-year-old professional basketball Hall of Famer and former steel supply company owner was elected mayor in 2009. At least six other candidates could file to run by the deadline on Tuesday, setting up an August primary ahead of the November election.