Detroit mayoral elections, 2009

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The Detroit mayoral elections of 2009 took place on May 5, 2009, with a primary on February 24, 2009 to fill the vacancy created when Kwame Kilpatrick resigned as Mayor.

The regularly scheduled election occurred on November 3, 2009, following the primary on August 4, 2009. The May election is a special election, as mandated by Detroit's City Charter, to determine who will serve out the remaining months in the term of former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who resigned in September 2008. The November election was the regularly scheduled municipal election. Detroit mayoral elections are contested on a non-partisan basis.

2009 Special Election[edit]

Incumbent mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr., who as president of the Detroit City Council became acting mayor upon Kilpatrick's resignation, ran in the special election. Other candidates included Dave Bing, a community leader and former NBA professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons, Freman Hendrix, former deputy mayor and a mayoral candidate in 2005, Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans, and others.[1] Dave Bing and incumbent mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr. won the top two spots in the special primary on February 24 and proceeded to contest the special general election on May 5. Bing won this election with 52% of the vote and was sworn in as Mayor on May 11.[2]

Primary Results

Detroit Mayoral Election Primary, 2009 (special)[3]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Dave Bing 26,337 28.82
Ken Cockrel, Jr. 24,677 27.00
Freman Hendrix 21,208 23.21
Warren Evans 9,193 10.06
Coleman Young 3,744 4.10
Sharon McPhail 2,565 2.81
Nicholas Hood 2,077 2.27
Jerroll Sanders 336 .37
D. Etta Wilcoxon 309 .34
Brenda Sanders 199 .22
Donald Bradley 157 .17
Duane Montgomery 152 .17
Write-In 136 .15
Stanley Michael Christmas 103 .11
Joseph Holt 101 .11
Frances Culver 87 .10

General Election Results

Detroit Mayoral Election General, 2009 (special)[4]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Dave Bing 49,054 52% +23%
Ken Cockrel, Jr. 44,770 48% +22%

2009 Regular Election[edit]

In the August 4 primary for the regular election, Mayor Dave Bing captured 74% of the vote. He faced off against businessman Tom Barrow in the November 3 election winning by capturing 56% of the vote.[5]

Primary Results

Detroit Mayoral Election Primary, 2009 (regular)[6]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Dave Bing 68,623 73.90
Tom Barrow 10,302 11.09
Jerroll Sanders 9,322 10.04
Duane Montgomery 1,911 2.06
Dartagnan M. Collier 1,265 1.36
Bob Allman 873 .94
Write-In 566 .61

General Election Results


Detroit Mayoral Election General, 2009 (regular)[7]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Dave Bing 70,060 56% -18%
Tom Barrow 50,757 41% +30%
Write-In 3,849 3% +3%

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