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Voters oust Flint mayor amid city's water problems

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

Voters have ousted the mayor of Flint, Michigan that has been dealing with fallout from drinking water problems.

Newcomer Karen Weaver beat incumbent Dayne Walling in Tuesday's election. Walling led the city amid the public health emergency.

Flint switched from Detroit's system to water from the Flint River last year in a cost-cutting move. Officials recently confirmed elevated blood-lead levels were found in children.

The city reconnected to Detroit in hopes of resolving the emergency as it awaits completion of a pipeline to Lake Huron.

Walling and other officials repeatedly told residents the water was safe but blamed state and federal agencies for the problems. The original switch happened while Flint was under state emergency financial management.

Weaver, a psychologist, focused on water issues during her campaign. She said Flint needs leaders who will "speak out."

"I can't say thank you enough to everyone who supported me and the entire Flint community. It has been the honor of a lifetime to be mayor of our great City of Flint. By working together, we changed Flint for the better. From the bottom of the recession and through four state-appointed emergency managers, Flint's heart beat continued and positive developments were made in every part of the city. I am most proud of how we worked together to develop a comprehensive vision for Flint's future as a 21st Century City in the Imagine Flint Master Plan. Despite the difficulties we continue to face, I know there is a bright future ahead and my family and I look forward to being a part of it." - Dayne Walling

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