2020 ELECTIONS

Flint residents disappointed in Biden’s potential pick, Gina McCarthy, to lead climate team

Flint, MI–President-elect Joe Biden is expected to appoint former chief of the Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy to serve as the senior White House adviser on climate change–to many Flint residents’ dismay, McCarthy is a familiar name for residents and activists who have been protesting the Flint water crisis and related issues for years. She…

4 years of a Trump White House leaves Flint’s Latinx voters with ‘non-negotiable’ decision

Flint, MI–Alondra Rosas Ornelas, a 19-year-old UM-Flint engineering student and first-time voter, said voting became “non-negotiable” for her after witnessing this year’s Black Lives Matter protests. For Ornelas, the past four years has been a time when she said she’s watched racism become more commonplace, something she blames on the rhetoric of the Trump administration.…

Flint Schools to have an all-female board of ed.

Flint, MI— Twelve candidates competed for three open spots on the Flint Schools Board of Education, and according to unofficial polling results, Joyce Ellis-McNeal, Anita M. Moore and Laura Gillespie MacIntyre will serve as next year’s newest members.  With President Casey Lester, Trustee Blake Strozier and Secretary Betty Ramsdell stepping down in December, the new…

Why the eyes of the world are on Flint this election

Flint, MI– Kamala Harris, Mike Pence, Joe Biden and Barack Obama have visited Flint in recent months to campaign for the presidential election.  Journalists from Brazil, France, Norway and Australia have come to Flint to do election coverage.  Robocalls targeted Flint residents specifically urging them not to vote on election day and spreading misinformation. So…

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Local Politics

It’s official: Three candidates certified for Flint’s upcoming mayoral election

Flint, MI– Three familiar faces have been officially certified by the Flint city clerk’s office as candidates for the upcoming Mayoral primary election. Mayor Sheldon Neeley, former Mayor Karen Weaver, and Councilman Eric Mays have each been certified and will appear on the Aug. 2 election ballot.  In order to be certified, each candidate needed…

Genesee County Commissioners demand changes in clerk’s office in light of ballot tampering charges

Flint, MI–Genesee County Commissioners voted to demand that the county clerk suspend his election supervisor without pay in light of ballot tampering charges against her. During their regular board meeting on March 16, Commissioner Bryant Nolden made the motion to demand that County Clerk John Gleason suspend Supervisor Kathy Funk, and was unanimously supported. “We…

Flint City Council votes to ‘censure’ president after hours of discussing misconduct

Flint, MI– After several hours of discussion, the Flint City Council voted to “censure” Council President Eric Mays for misconduct, an action the council later defined as a “warning.” During the council meeting on March 14, Council Vice President Allie Herkenroder added a discussion item to the agenda to talk about the “repeated lack of…

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