Eric Mays has found himself in the same boat as the other three candidates for mayor of Flint — needing a change in state law to see his name on the ballot later this year. Genesee Circuit Judge Archie Hayman on Monday, June 1, dismissed a lawsuit filed by Mays, which sought to show he filed at least 900 valid signatures by the April 21 deadline. Flint Clerk Inez Brown claimed Mays filed 854 valid signatures by the deadline. Hayman said his own count showed Mays had no more than 861, while Mays himself claimed he had as many as 889 valid signatures — and said he wasn’t finished counting.
“This is not over yet,” said Mays, who vowed he would ask Hayman to reconsider his decision or would appeal it directly to the state Supreme Court. “You’ll see me back here.”
Mays sued Brown last month, asking Hayman to help him determine whether he should be the only candidate on the November ballot for mayor.
The city councilman was the only candidate for mayor who filed nominating petitions before the April 21 state deadline after the clerk’s office mistakenly told candidates for mayor and two City Council seats that they had until April 28 to turn them in.