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Incumbents advance in Warren, Flint, Jackson mayoral contests

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Rebecca Williams
Michigan Radio
A polling location in Brighton, Mich.

The cities of Warren, Flint, and Jackson all had mayoral primaries on Tuesday, with the top two vote-getters advancing to November's general election.

In all three cities, the incumbents won their races and will move on.

In Warren, Michigan's third-largest city, controversial longtime Mayor Jim Fouts easily took the primary with 58% of the vote. He'll face City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Kelly Colegio in the general election.

In Flint, one-term incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver, who came into office in the immediate wake of the city's tainted water crisis, narrowly bested State Rep. Sheldon Neeley, 42%-39.5%.

And in Jackson, incumbent Derek Dobies, who's led the city since 2017, took home 56% of the vote with challenger City Councilman Jeromy Alexander taking 27%.

Voter turnout was low across the board: less than 10% in Jackson, 17% in Warren, and just under 12% in Genesee County, where Flint is located.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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