Residents of Flint have elected a new mayor. In Tuesday’s election State Rep. Sheldon Neeley, a former Flint City Councilman, received 7,082 votes to defeat incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver, whose vote total was 6,877. Weaver, who was elected in 2015, has served one term as Flint mayor. She survived a recall in 2017. Weaver beat Neeley by 230 votes in the August primary.
Weaver’s defeat comes as Flint continues its recovery from a water crisis caused by a temporary switch to the Flint River for the city’s water supply.
The river water wasn’t properly treated, causing lead from aging pipes to contaminate the city’s water. State and federal agencies, who at first said the water was safe, have been blamed for the crisis.