Businessman and ex-Detroit Pistons star Dave Bing is running for Detroit mayor.
Bing aide Sue Ray said in an e-mail message Friday that Bing will enter the nonpartisan Feb. 24 primary election. The top two finishers face off in a May 5 special election to choose a permanent replacement for the jail-bound Kwame Kilpatrick, who stepped down Thursday after pleading guilty for lying in court.
Ex-city council President Ken Cockrel Jr. became interim mayor Friday and says he'll run in the primary.
The 64-year-old Bing tells Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley that Detroit needs a mayor "with a clean, fresh outlook." He played for the Pistons from 1966 to 1975 and has run The Bing Group for 28 years.