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Who qualifies for Flint mayoral primary ballot subject of court hearing

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Monday morning, a circuit court judge will hear a case that could force all the candidates running for Flint mayor off the August primary ballot.

It appears all four candidates who qualified for a spot on the primary ballot made mistakes in their paperwork filed with the city clerk. One of the candidates even checked “no” on the question asking whether candidates met the qualifications to be a candidate for mayor. 

The judge may decide if the mistakes disqualify one or all the candidates.

Current Flint Mayor Karen Weaver plans to attend the hearing. She’s undeterred at the prospect of having to run a write-in campaign to keep her job.

“As much as I’ve been through and the city’s been through, I don’t let those kinds of things stop me or get in my way,” Weaver said last week.

The judge will need to rule quickly if printed ballots will be ready in time to send to overseas voters. 

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.