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Genesee County Clerk: Weaver recall will go forward

Genesee County Clerk John Gleason says the recall effort against Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will proceed. (Photo: Joel Feick/WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. – Genesee County Clerk John Gleason says the recall effort against Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will proceed.

The announcement came Thursday after a reexamination of contested signatures completed by the clerk’s office found there were still enough valid signatures.

The final tally of signatures was 5,870, just over the 5,750 needed to maintain the petition’s validity.

Weaver had submitted a challenge to the petition on Monday, calling for 1,200 signatures to be removed.

The mayor’s team had ten days to file the challenge after recall organizer Arthur Woodson’s petitions were found to have met the signature requirement.

According to Genesee County Elections Supervisor Doreen Fulcher, today’s finding means the remainder of Weaver’s current term will be up for election on the November 7 ballot.

Those interested in running for the office of mayor have until August 14 to either file nominating petitions of no less than 40, no more than 80 signatures or pay a non-refundable $100 filing fee.

Those who meet either of those qualifications will appear on the November ballot. As the incumbent, Weaver has the right appear on the ballot as well.

Come November, whoever receives the winning number of votes will become Flint’s next mayor.

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Click below to see the entire interview Genesee County Clerk John Gleason regarding the investigation into the recall by the Flint Police Department.


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