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City clerk may have to get new training (or quit) to fix Flint's mayor's race

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

State lawmakers want Flint’s city clerk to get more training and supervision.

Or she can resign or be replaced.   

The demands are part of a bill to let Flint hold a mayoral primary in August. 

The city clerk threw the mayor’s race into chaos when she gave the candidates the wrong filing deadline.

The state Senate has already passed a bill to allow four candidates who submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

But a state House committee tweaked the legislation to require more training and supervision for the Flint city clerk. The legislation would waive the requirement if City Clerk Inez Brown resigns or is replaced.

Brown declined to comment on the legislation.  

City Administrator Natasha Henderson also declined to comment. 

City Council President Josh Freeman did comment. 

“Obviously the city of Flint is going to do what it needs to do in order to make sure that our election moves forward,” says Freeman.  Freeman declined to comment on Brown’s future, preferring to wait until an internal review is complete.

The city of Flint could take the issue to court, if the legislature doesn’t reach an agreement.

Unless a fix is reached, Flint voters will have to write in the names of candidates for the city’s next mayor in the November general election.   

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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