Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Thank God, Dave Bing is Mayor by Akindele Akinyemi
Finally, Dave Bing won his bid to become the 62nd Mayor of the City of Detroit. He beat incumbent Ken Cockrel by 52-48 percent.
Is this the beginning of the Silver Rights Era in Detroit. Time will tell. I am still content that this movement will have to begin with the grassroots, business and educators not politicians.
But Dave Bing understands the importance of education and how it will need to be reinforced in order to transform Detroit into a financial market.
I was at the Fort Shelby Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Detroit when Bing won it all.
The crowd was starting to gather after 8:00pm.
Andrea Isom from Fox 2 News is interviewing someone.
More people started gathering. At this point with 4% of the precincts reporting Bing was ahead 56-44 percent.
I had to pose with Fred Elliott Hall, who is running for Detroit City Council. As you can see I have on my candidate's shirt, Dr. Corletta J. Vaughn. You know I had to represent.
The place was becoming claustrophobic. The guy with the hat on is Ernest Johnson of the Community Coalition.
The crowds were getting bigger.
Councilwoman Monica Conyers steps on the scene talking to reporters.
I am posing with Lisa Howze, who is also running for Detroit City Council and is a financial wizard and LaTanya Garrett, who will be running for State Representative in District 10 in 2010 (my district).
Will Bing carry us to the next level. Time will only tell. But we cannot rely on him alone. Silver Rights activists must get behind him to help him stand in times of crisis and help him move Detroit forward.
Now it's time to get rid of the present Detroit City Council.