Candidates for mayor of Flint can start focusing on the campaign and forget about whether they’ll be on the primary election ballot. Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation today, June 5, to authorize extension of the filing deadline for the August primary election, a move that will allow for a standard showdown for the city’s top job. Incumbent Dayne Walling, businesswoman Karen Weaver, and two city councilmen — Wantwaz Davis and Eric Mays — are in line for spots on the ballot, city officials have said.
“It’s really going to be nice to talk about some issues,” Weaver said. “I’m happy about that — happy the democratic process is moving forward.”
For weeks, candidates for mayor and two City Council seats have been in an uncertain position, waiting for the state Legislature to agree on a bill aimed at fixing an election dilemma in Flint.
No mayoral candidates filed the required number of nominating petition signatures by the April 21 deadline after Clerk Inez Brown’s office told them the wrong deadline for filing — April 28.