State
6:37 am
Wed March 25, 2009

Cockrel, Bing to participate in one-on-one debate

DETROIT –

DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. and Dave Bing will meet in their first one-on-one debate going into a May 5 runoff election.

The televised debate is sponsored by WADL-TV 38 and begins at 8 tonight at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit. Bing decided to participate after initially saying he would not debate with Cockrel until the mayor disclosed his personal
finances.

The basketball Hall of Famer and businessman received the most votes in last month's special mayoral primary. Cockrel finished number two among the 15 candidates.

The runoff winner will complete the remainder of ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's second term, but would have to compete in the regular August primary and move on to a November runoff to have a chance for a full 4-year term.