Flint, MI– Flint’s former Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver is expected to announce tomorrow that she will be running for mayor.

“I want to be a real voice for this community. We have taken some wrong turns and it’s time to focus on the lives of the people of Flint,” Weaver said in a press release. “I’m running for Mayor because I want to be that voice for a better Flint.”

Weaver was Flint’s first female mayor and served from 2015 to 2019, surviving a recall election in 2017. She ran for a second term in 2019 but lost by about 200 votes to current Mayor Sheldon Neeley.

In 2021, Weaver was appointed interim executive director of the African American Mayors Association, an organization that exclusively represents Black mayors in the United States.  

She is scheduled to announce her run on March 5, at 1 p.m. at a private event at Vernon Chapel AME Church, and livestream it on her Facebook page.

The mayoral primary election is on Aug. 2, and the general election is on Nov. 8.

Amy Diaz

Amy Diaz is a journalist hailing from St. Petersburg, FL. She has written for multiple local newspapers in her hometown before becoming a full-time reporter for Flint Beat. When she’s not writing you...

6 replies on “Karen Weaver announces run for mayor, wants to be ‘a real voice’ for Flint”

  1. Why? So she can steal and lie again from the residents again she is not the voice of Flint , she is the theif of Flint , Let’s not forget the open cash box they had in city hall under her watch Did not sign contracts for the blight instead had open cash box for them she is a lair let’s not give her another chance to steal from us again You can give her my name she knows me if The L.B. has anything to do with L.B. will vote her out again like she voted me out of my money

    1. Daryl Matiere Sr. when I saw you in Meijers a year or so ago and you and I had this conversation you told me that you did some work for a company and they didn’t pay you because their contract with the city didn’t get renewed. Your issue is with the company that didn’t pay you, not the city. If I do woke for you I expect payment from you not payment that you thought you were going to get from someone else. Not to mention I don’t even think the information about a contract not being renewed was even correct. The fact that you’re on a public forum making slanderous accusations is uncool. I held you to a higher regard. I’m very disappointed in you. You have my number and if you don’t I’m sure that you can get it. In the meantime have whatever type of day that you deserve to have.

  2. There’s a mountain of work to do in Flint and Genesee County. Talk about the work to be done and stop ripping on people as if everyone else knows your interactions with the former mayor or anyone else. The City needs to disperse the Water Crises settlement monies and move forward. City Hall is in desperate need of updates as does the police station. They are working with technologies that are extremely outdated as in the computer systems which are not a GUI product. They are keyboard driven. City of Flint ask Bill Gates for help. He should be able to do that. Then when he finishes Flint let him move on down to Toledo and every other municipality that needs that help. Got going work together on projects that build back better. We need to do that now.

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