DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's next mayor will inherit a city low on cash and an office low on power. Still, 22 candidates want the job anyway.
The largest mayoral primary field in two decades has filed to run for mayor despite nearly every aspect of the office — from spending to hiring — being controlled by a state-appointed emergency manager.
The candidates include a high-profile sheriff, the former Detroit Medical Center chief, several current or former state lawmakers and a perennial candidate who narrowly lost to current Mayor Dave Bing four years ago.
Bing announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election and in the process slammed Michigan officials for ceding most of his power to bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr.
Orr has 18 months to find answers for Detroit's budget deficit and debt.