DETROIT — Mayor Coleman Young, beset by controversies including his bid to legalize gambling and build casinos on the city's island park, announced Tuesday he will run for an unprecedented fifth term. Mr. Young has been in office since 1973, longer than any black mayor of a major US city.
But he is expected to face strong opposition from least four candidates, including businessman Tom Barrow and Detroit City Council President Erma Henderson. The two top vote-getters in a Sept. 12 primary will face off in an election Nov. 7.
His opponents charge that Young, in his efforts to bring business to the downtown area, has ignored the city's crumbling neighborhoods.
Young, who is single, earlier this year acknowledged he was the father of a six-year-old boy after the child's mother, a former city worker, filed a paternity suit.