Weaver survives recall election, will finish term - WNEM TV 5

Weaver survives recall election, will finish term

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver (Source: WNEM) Flint Mayor Karen Weaver (Source: WNEM)

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver survived the recall election Tuesday night.

She was one of the 18 candidates running for mayor in the Nov. 7 election.

Weaver received almost 53 percent of the vote and will finish her term as mayor. She will serve for two more years.

"The city got the biggest win because it's time for us to move forward. It's time for us to be able to work together and make sure we're doing what we were elected to do. So I'm excited. I'm happy and one of the things I've always said is I was going to stay prayed up and focused. I got here because of God and the people and it's time for us to keep working," Weaver said.

While she is happy she won, she said the recall shouldn't have happened in the first place.

"It was a relief, but there were some feelings of frustration and anger because I knew it was a situation I shouldn't be in," Weaver said.

Her nearest challenger was longtime City Councilman Scott Kincaid with 32 percent of the vote. Kincaid congratulated Weaver on her victory.

"I will do everything I can to help move this city forward. It's very important to me. I want to thank all the volunteers that have worked and helped in this campaign. I will never forget you. And I'd also like to thank my family for all their help," Kincaid said to his supporters.

Kincaid said he has no plans to get back in public office.

With the recall election out of the way, Weaver said she can continue working to create a better Flint without the distraction.

"I have to stay focused on what I was elected to do. So I just kept looking at what the priorities were for the city," Weaver said.

While leadership at the top will remain, most of the city's nine wards will have fresh faces representing them.

Two vacated city council seats were guaranteed to see fresh faces, but Flint voters were obviously looking for a shake-up. Three additional races ended in upsets, giving way for newcomers to the council.

The new council members will be sworn in at noon on Monday.

Weaver hopes the changeover will lead to an improved relationship with the council, which she said will only help the city.

"I hope we can get some work done. I hope it means that we can work together. I would make things happen for the city of Flint," Weaver said.

Weaver said she plans to continue working to fix the lead service lines in the aftermath of the water crisis. She said she also wants to work on blight removal and public safety.

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