Stephen Henderson says Bing’s accomplished more than you think

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Mayor Dave Bing speaks with the Detroit Free Press from his office in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit, Monday, April 29, 2013. Kathleen Galligan/Detroit Free Press / Detroit Free Press

Mayor Dave Bing speaks with the Detroit Free Press from his office in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit, Monday, April 29, 2013. Kathleen Galligan/Detroit Free Press / Detroit Free Press

I know Mayor Dave Bing is still thinking about whether he will seek re-election this year, and there are a number of issues — personal and professional — that he is considering before he decides.

Me? I think he ought to run, because I think this city needs him in the mix of candidates for the upcoming campaign.

Be clear: I’m not endorsing him for a second term. We’re not nearly at that point. I’m not even saying I think he could win. There’s no other way to describe Bing’s first four years than as a disappointment, and the hurdles he would have to clear to win a second term — including building a political campaign from scratch because he hasn’t maintained much of a political presence — would be formidable.

But I want him in the mix, given the current field, and I think it’s still possible that he will be able to make a stronger case for re-election than any of the current hopefuls will be able to make to unseat him.

Stephen Henderson is editorial page editor for the Free Press and the host of “American Black Journal,” which airs at 1 p.m. Sundays on Detroit Public Television.

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