FLINT, MI — Mayoral candidate Karen Weaver says she’s ready to have a heart-to-heart conversation with Gov. Rick Snyder about returning Flint to the control of elected local leaders.
It’s a job Weaver, who earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Michigan State University, says incumbent Dayne Walling has already failed to do when given the chance.
“The Walling administration deserves a failing grade. (The mayor) has failed the people of this city (by) allowing the city to fall into state hands once again …,” Weaver said in response to a questionnaire from The Flint Journal-MLive.
Weaver, 56, has moved from business owner and community booster to mounting her first campaign for public office, one of three challengers hoping to unseat Walling in the Aug. 4 primary election.
Two city councilmen — Wantwaz Davis and Eric Mays — and eight registered write-in candidates are also vying for the job.
Weaver has served on boards and committees in the city, including the Hurley Hospital Board of Managers, Priority Children and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. If elected in November, she would be Flint’s first female mayor.