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Flint resident: Don't use us to try to get political edge

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Jecquin Booker's water tested with high levels of lead this fall.

Just this week, she dished out $6,200 for a reliable filtration system.

"This here purifies it, first," Booker said.

She hopes the Democratic candidates stop in Flint and propose solutions to help people who can't afford a safe system of their own.

"Is it going to do something for Flint? Is it going to bring the help that we need? The debate is fine, you can have a debate anywhere, but don't use us to try to get yourself over," Booker said.

She said she's sick of people using her city to gain political power.

Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have spoken publicly about the city's water crisis and pointed fingers at Republican leadership.

Booker, and many others, want to hear their proposed fixes.

Democratic leaders in Flint believe addressing Flint's water crisis, and the country's aging infrastructure, could be the deciding factor in who gets the nomination.

"This debate between Sanders and Clinton is critical in determining the fate of our nation," said John Gleason, Genesee County clerk.

Booker said she just wants to hear how they'll address the fate of Flint.

"It's all a game, really, and we're the innocent ones. Flint is the innocent ones that they're playing games with. And I don't like it, I don't like it," Booker said.

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