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Walling, Weaver to face off in Flint mayor's race in November

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling will get a chance to keep his job, though he would first have to defeat a political novice in November.

Walling finished first in Tuesday’s mayoral primary.

“I’m really pleased that those who are paying attention to what’s happening in Flint,” Walling said as the returns showed him collecting about half the votes cast in Flint’s mayoral primary, “that they’re so decidedly coming in my direction, despite all the very difficult circumstances we’ve had in the last four years.”

Walling will face businesswoman Karen Weaver in November’s general election.

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Candidate Karen Weaver (left) celebrated her second place finish in Tuesday's primary with supporters at a downtown Flint night spot

Weaver finished second in the four-way primary.  She finished ahead of two Flint city councilmen, Eric Mays and Wantwaz Davis.  

Weaver says she’s ready for the fall campaign.

“I’m going to stay focused on trying to win the next hurdle because it’s another hurdle that we have to go through,” says Weaver. 

Flint’s tap water problems and state oversight have been leading issues in the campaign.

Voter apathy may also be an issue. Turnout for Tuesday’s primary was lower than expected. Both Walling and Weaver say they hope to encourage more people to show up at the polls in November.   

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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