The polls have closed and the final results are in. Dave Bing is the Mayor of Detroit for the next four years. According to the Detroit News, Dave Bing "garnered 58 percent (70,060 votes) to Barrow's 42 percent (50,757 votes)". So what does this mean for the future of Detroit, well who knows. Will there be any more scandals while he's in office or will Detroit quietly regain its splendor it once had? In my opinion, I don't think it ever lost its splender per se, but people lose respect of their city when respect isn't given to them by their elected officials. Will they ever learn to listen to the people instead of trying to gain a dollar from a signature? The word on the street as far as Bing's Steel Company, he has filed for bankruptcy. It hasn't been reported because it had to assured that he would win the seat to the office.
Speaking of respect, well the votes have been calculated for the new city council and we have five new faces. Charles Pugh (former anchor of Fox 2 News Detroit) will serve as the new council president, and Gary Brown (the former official fired by Kwame Kilpatrick) will serve as the council president pro tem. The other seven members are Saunteel Jenkins (former council chief of staff for the late Mary Ann Mahaffey), Ken Cockrel (re-elected), Brenda Jones (re-elected), Andre Spivey, James Tate, Kwame Kenyatta (re-elected), and JoAnn Watson (re-elected).
So it's going to be interesting to see how this new group of people mixed with some of the old will work together to supposedly better Detroit. I say supposedly because our elected officials seem to forget once they are in office who they work for.