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Mayor Weaver vows to stay the course after recall election announced on Thursday

Posted August 4

— No word tonight from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver if she will try to appeal the call for a recall election on November 7th.

Genesee County Clerk John Gleason says he's expects a court challenge.

Mayor Karen Weaver, if she chooses, can still file an appeal through circuit court. Remember it was just three days ago that she challenged the recall petition to remove her from office.

Then late Thursday afternoon we learned Genesee County Clerk John Gleason says he has enough valid signatures, so he's calling for an election in November.

"I'm going to do what I've been doing, continue to do the job I was elected to do - that has not changed," noted Mayor Weaver. "I'm going to stay focused on what I should do - and that's watch out for the best interest of the people of the city of Flint."

Mayor Weaver vowing to stay the course after Genesee County Clerk John Gleason announced he has enough valid signatures--5,870-of the required 5750- to call for an election:

"What they really did," said Gleason, explaining the recall process since Michigan changed the rules, "they boiled it down to a single election, before you had the office holder in or out and then you had an election - who was going to replace that candidate if they removed her."

Gleason added, "Weaver will have a challenger, maybe a few, we'll determine the makeup of the ballot on August 14th - the final day."

Unless of course, a judge puts a stop to the recall. We asked Mayor Weaver about that....

"We'll see what I'm gonna do," the Mayor replied , "but i'm going to stay focused on the job I was elected to do thank you."

The filing deadline for candidates to appear on the ballot is Monday, August 14th.

Mayor Weaver's name will appear on the ballot as an incumbent.


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