Mayor Karen Weaver says she will seek reelection as Flint’s leader

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FLINT, MI Mayor Karen Weaver says she is seeking another term as Flint’s mayor.

Weaver told about 100 people during an April 9, 2019 press conference at Vernon Chapel AME Church on Flint’s north side that she plans to seek re-election for a second term as the city’s mayor.

“I am standing here today as your mayor asking for your continuous  support for my  re-election so we can build on the progress that’s already been made for restoration and transformation of our city,” Weaver said to the crowd at Vernon Chapel. “Let’s do this. Let’s do this…May God continue to bless you. Thank you.”

Weaver came into her post in 2015 at the height of the Flint water crisis beating out former Mayor Dayne Walling. In 2018 she faced a recall election where she beat 17 other candidates with 53 percent of the votes. Former Flint City Councilman Scott Kincaid came in at 32 percent. All of the other candidates had 6 percent or less.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced on April 9, 2019 that she will be running for re-election.
About 100 people packed Vernon Chapel AME Church on Flint's north side April 9, 2019 to hear Mayor Karen Weaver announce that she will be seeking re-election as Flint's leader. (Mark Felix | Flint Beat)
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver wipes tears from her eyes while listening to a gospel solo during her April 9, 2019 event announcing she will be seeking re-election. (Mark Felix | Flint Beat)
About 100 people packed Vernon Chapel AME Church on Flint's north side April 9, 2019 to hear Mayor Karen Weaver announce that she will be seeking re-election as Flint's leader. (Mark Felix | Flint Beat)
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced on April 9, 2019 that she will be running for re-election.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced on April 9, 2019 that she will be running for re-election.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced on April 9, 2019 that she will be running for re-election.
About 100 people packed Vernon Chapel AME Church on Flint's north side April 9, 2019 to hear Mayor Karen Weaver announce that she will be seeking re-election as Flint's leader. (Mark Felix | Flint Beat)
About 100 people packed Vernon Chapel AME Church on Flint's north side April 9, 2019 to hear Mayor Karen Weaver announce that she will be seeking re-election as Flint's leader. (Mark Felix | Flint Beat)
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced on April 9, 2019 that she will be running for re-election.
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Caption: Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announces her plans to run for mayor again in front of friends, family and members of the public during a press conference Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Vernon Chapel A.M.E. Church in Flint. Weaver was elected mayor in 2015 and won again in 2017 after a failed recall attempt.

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So far Weaver is the only candidate who has made an official announcement for their bid for the mayor’s seat. According to the Flint City Clerk’s Office, 10 nominated packets had been picked up as of April 9, 2019.

The Clerk’s Office began distributing nominating petitions in January for the three-year term. Candidates must be a resident of Flint for at least one year and must collect at least 600 signatures of registered Flint voters supporting their bid for mayor.

Nominating petitions for the mayor’s seat are due April 23, 2019. Weaver is the first to officially announce her bid for mayor.

A primary election will take place on Aug. 6 leaving the two top vote-getters vying for the city’s top seat during Nov. 5, 2019 elections.

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