Flint, MI — Following the rejection of recall language for Flint City Councilman Eric Mays this week, petitioner Dione Freeman immediately submitted a second attempt.

“Why I refiled immediately is because I don’t have adequate representation,” Freeman, a Ward 1 resident, told Flint Beat.

Elaborating, she said that Mays has been removed from multiple council meetings, most recently on Monday, July 10, 2023, which leaves his constituency unheard.

“Anytime he is antagonistic and saying to the leadership of the council, ‘I don’t care, put me out,’ to me he’s saying, ‘I don’t care about my job. I don’t care about the people who elected me, and I don’t care about the business that this council was put together to do,’” she said.

Freeman originally filed a recall petition against Mays on June 21, citing the fact that the councilman was charged with a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct

However, at a July 11 Genesee County election commission hearing to determine if that statement was “clear and factual,” the commissioners voted down the language, noting it did not include the date of the misdemeanor.

“As far as that goes, I thought I made it plain and simple … but no, it wasn’t,” Freeman said. “It’s okay, I’ll add another sentence… I’ll just keep pushing.”

Freeman filed a second recall petition the same afternoon her first was denied, this time citing April 25, 2023 as the date Mays was sentenced for a disorderly conduct charge. 

As for Mays, who is in the process of appealing the cited charge, he told Flint Beat he believes Freeman is “disgruntled” because he did not reappoint her to a position on the city’s Board of Review.

The councilman added that he and his team will “go through any process we need to to continue to help the residents.”

The election commission hearing for Mays’ updated recall petition language will take place on July 27, when the commissioners will also review language filed against Councilman Dennis Pfeiffer.

Kate is Flint Beat's associate editor. She joined the team as a corps member of Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues....

One reply on “Resident files second attempt at recall language for Flint City Councilman Eric Mays”

  1. Mr. Mays is following Mr. Scott Kincade.
    (My former Ward Councilperson)
    We all know who Mr. Kincade too his orders from! THAT male attended the majority of meetings. The statement of Mr. Kincade’s promotion was made public at that time.
    (THAT male told the facts about the corruption at gm(formally GM)
    Mays? What about “bid rigging” for State Contracts? Computer…pawn shop?
    (I have first-hand verbal information)
    Hey, if you want the Mafia in your city government…your intellect shows!
    I am not at liberty to discuss The F.B.I. or conspiracies to murder a Federal Officer by contracting involving National Terrorists and Municipal Employees. (again first-hand intelligence)
    (Your mayor and City Attorney know about “EMINENT DOMAIN; Federal Seizure if municipally-owned real property, Administrative Garnishments, and a certain “Family” that had knowledge of a very highly classified position of a total failure of City Ownership Responsibility…Chicago knows.
    I’m sure The Federal Authority for Bonds monies to the State Authority have an interest in Flint.
    So to does the D.O.D.; D.O.J., and H.H.S.A.
    Recall your mayor and City Attorney. (It’s a good thing if you did before January, the first week…of 2028.)
    Find my check! Let me facilitate the True Responsibility of non-corruption.
    Let me do what I have done. Let me protect Women, children, the poor, the sick, and to vanquish those that steal from our Federal Government and YOU it’s Citizens.
    (our discussions can only be in sequestration and a Federal Judges should be present.) My neighbors are in jeopardy. For this I MUST STAND! YOU WILL STOP HURTING MY PEOPLE!

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