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Controversial councilman running for state house

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Flint City Councilman Eric Mays Flint City Councilman Eric Mays

A local city council member is now running for the state legislature and, as it turns out, it's all because of a simple misunderstanding.

Flint Councilman Eric Mays stirred controversy in November when he was arrested on I-475 and charged with driving intoxicated and possession of marijuana.

City leaders called for Mays' resignation but he refused. Later, he accused the city manager of trying to silence him when a limit was placed on the time given to council members to speak at meetings.

And now, Mays is reportedly running for state house. He's vying for Woodrow Stanley's seat in the 34th district.

The Flint Journal says Mays had intended to run for the U.S. House against Dan Kildee.

Apparently, Mays says he thought he needed to pay $100 to register for the ballot. But what he really needed was one-thousand signatures. So he signed up to run for state house instead.

Mays told the Journal his decision was bolstered by what he calls his success, working on Flint's economic development.

But Mays says he might withdraw and will make that decision by Friday.

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