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Race for Flint mayor is heating up

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A Flint councilman, told to choose between running for mayor or council, has made his decision.

Scott Kincaid made the announcement on Monday, Sept. 4 at the UAW Labor Day Event in Flint.

“I have made the decision to run for mayor of the city of Flint,” Kincaid said. “And I’m doing it for one reason, and one reason only. We gotta move Flint forward. We gotta work hard to bring jobs into this community. We gotta stop voter intimidation in this community."

In a three-page written opinion, a Genesee County Circuit Judge ruled the offices of city councilperson and mayor are "incompatible" and therefore Kincaid may not appear on the November ballot for both seats.

The Flint mayor recall election is just months away and Kincaid is ready. He said it comes down to experience and dedication to Flint.

"I have 32 years of experience. She had no experience when she was elected. She surrounded herself with people that don't live in Flint that have  governmental experience. She has no relationship with the Flint City Council," Kincaid said.

He claims he has only communicated with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver three times since she won the election.

Weaver is firing back, calling out Kincaid and the rest of the city council.

"It would be nice if they used their energy for a solution because that's when you get things accomplished," Weaver said.

She now believes the issues between the two sides stem from Kincaid wanting her job.

"Now you see why I had so many difficulties moving things forward through council. Because Scott Kincaid wanted to be mayor all along," Weaver said.

Weaver insists she is doing everything in her power to move Flint forward. She said she is proud of the progress made in the Flint water crisis, including her Fast Start Initiative to replace the city's lead water lines.

"We have over 3,500 that have been replaced so far. We have brought in over $600 million. We have put in lead service lines. We even hired Flint residents to pass out water. We hired them for our core team too," Weaver said.

Kincaid's last run for mayor was in 1999. He lost, but said he feels a lot more confident now.

He is not the only one running though. There are 18 people running for mayor.

"I don't worry about the number of people running. I just worry about what I can do and my campaign and the message I get out to this community," Kincaid said.

Flint voters will decide who will finish out the remaining two years of Weaver's term in the recall election on Nov. 7.

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