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Maurice Davis said during a Facebook Live video Sunday night with his wife that his life has been threatened during a series of telephone calls to the 2nd Ward city councilman in Flint.


​​​​​Posted on Feb. 7, 2021

BY MIKE KILLBREATH

CCN Executive Editor

​​​2nd Ward councilman in Flint reveals death threats during series of telephone calls

​​    FLINT (CCN) — The 2nd Ward representative on the Flint City Council revealed during a Facebook Live video that he has received death threats. 

   Councilman Maurice Davis made the comments on Sunday night (Feb. 7, 2021). Davis co-hosts a program on Facebook Live with his wife, Beverly. They previously did a radio show on WKUF 94.3 FM before he was elected to his first term on the city council in 2017. He later transformed his old radio show on WKUF 94.3 FM to a regular podcast and a radio program on WFLT 1420 AM before adding the Facebook Live feature last year.

   He unseated 12-year incumbent Jackie Poplar at the 2017 election in his first bid for public office.

   Councilman Davis revealed to his Facebook Live audience that death threats have come in a series of telephone calls.

   He said the caller is familiar with Flint politics during their conversations and said the man has threatened to kill him if he doesn't vote to support 1st Ward City Councilman Eric Mays in his bid to add $1 million to the Flint police department's budget.

   Community activist Arthur Woodson announced two weeks ago that he will challenge Davis for re-election. He has survived two recall attempts during his first term and raised eyebrows with an endorsement of former President Donald Trump during his re-election bid last year. Woodson says the Trump endorsement shows Davis is "out of touch" with residents in his ward who voted against Trump by a more than 90 percent margin last November.

   The support for Trump was first revealed on a popular podcast by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Charlie LeDuff. He's a former award-winning investigative reporter for the Detroit News and FOX TV 2 in Detroit before launching his podcast program (The No B.S. News Hour) which attracts more than 50,000 listeners every Friday.

   The news on LeDuff's program led to the Flint councilman getting a chance to appear with Vice President Mike Pence when he made a stop at Flint Township's Bishop AIrport for a campaign rally to convince voters to re-elect Trump. Pence allowed Davis to take the podium and declare his official endorsement for Trump.

   Davis has not yet formally announced any plans to run for a second term, but has regularly made mention of the fact that he believes he is doing a good job representing his residents. "I work hard for my residents and they love me," he has said on numerous occasions. He did not respond to a request for comment via text on Messenger Sunday night after delivering the news about alleged death threats.

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