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7:30 am
Mon November 2, 2009

Detroit seeks political stability with election

DETROIT – The look of the Detroit City Council could change drastically when voters go to the polls in the city's fourth election in just over eight months.

Mayor Dave Bing is expected to easily win re-election in Tuesday's nonpartisan race, but five incumbents are being challenged by 13 newcomers for the nine open seats on the council.

The board has been the subject of a federal corruption probe that nabbed Councilwoman Monica Conyers for taking money for her vote on a waste hauling deal.

Conyers resigned this summer. Another councilwoman didn't make it past the August primary, and two others are not seeking re-election.

The challengers include four former police officers, a popular former TV anchor, a pastor, and a convicted murderer-turned-motivational speaker.