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FLINT, MI – Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has scheduled her 2017 State of the City Address on the same day as a Flint Mayoral Forum set for the community.
Weaver, who was invited to attend the forum on Oct. 17, sent an email around 2:14 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 to Flint City Council members inviting them to her State of the City Address.
“I am excited to highlight the accomplishments we have made together and to celebrate the strength, resiliency, and undeterred fight of Flint residents,” said the email invitation.
Flint City Council President Kerry Nelson informed the council of the event during their Oct. 9 Flint City Council meeting where council members confirmed the date for their calendars.
Nelson said the State of the City Address was originally scheduled for Oct. 10 but he got word from Flint City Clerk Inez Brown on Friday, Oct. 6 that Weaver had changed the date.
“We just let her know that the change was up to her if she needed it,” said Nelson. “I have to play a role in it according to the city charter so I have to attend the State of the City Address.”
Nelson said Weaver did not give a reason as to why she changed the date. The State of the City Address is scheduled at 5:30 in Flint City Council’s Chambers at Flint City Hall.
Organizers of the mayoral forum, Flint Beat and NBC25/Fox 66, contacted Weaver on Sept. 29 and she said she was not attending the event on Oct. 17. She was offered a second date of Oct. 19 date but has yet to respond.
The forum scheduled for two days, Oct. 17 and Oct. 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Flint Public Library, is a community-driven question and answer session where Flint residents were allowed to submit questions by survey for mayoral candidates.
So far, 14 candidates had confirmed that they would be participating on either Oct. 17 or Oct. 19.