Mrs. Pauline Todd (center) casts her ballot for Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver (at left). Todd was Genesee County's oldest voter on Tuesday at age 104. At right is the mayor's husband, Rex.


​​​​​​Posted on August 6, 2019

BY MIKE KILLBREATH

CCN Executive Editor

Weaver, Neeley on ballot for City of Flint's mayoral election; Wells, Haskins move on to general election ballot in City of Burton

   (CCN) — Incumbent Dr. Karen Weaver will be on Flint's mayoral ballot in November's general election against State Rep. Sheldon Neeley while Burton City Council members Danny Wells and Duane Haskins will square off for the mayor's job in Genesee County's second biggest city.

   Mayor Weaver won Tuesday's primary with 3,815 votes despite Genesee County's election web site showing Neeley in the lead, according to Genesee County Clerk John Gleason. Neeley finished with 3,586 votes in the unofficial tabulations and came in second (42% to 40%) after leading by the time mid-Michigan's TV newscasts aired their 11 o'clock reports. Businessman Don Pfeiffer finished third with 1,198 votes and businessman Gregory Eason, a former City Administrator for the first two years of Dayne Walling's administration as mayor, was last with only 452 votes.

   "We didn't get the last precincts from (Flint City Clerk) Inez Brown until 1:30 in the morning," Gleason said. "We could have counted them faster by hand."
Gleason called Brown "incompetent" during an appearance on Wednesday's Morning Gazette Radio Show. You can listen to a replay of the show by clicking here. Gleason also called on Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to take action after a statement aired on two TV newscasts that attributed to Mayor Weaver's campaign from Aonie Gilcreast which said, "We knocked on doors. If they wanted one we gave them one. If they wanted us to send it in for them we did. We didn't do anything wrong."

   Brown went on to tell reporter Joel Feick of NBC 25 and Fox 66 that it's illegal to turn in ballots for anyone.
Burton's unofficial results from Gleason had Councilman Wells with 1,128 votes for 46%, Councilman Haskins with 940 votes for 39% and Lynne Freiberger with 361 votes for 15%. Wells and Haskins now move on to the general election ballot in November with eight candidates who will by vying for four seats on the Burton City Council. The seats up for grabs belong to Steven Heffner, Tom Martinbianco and Tina Conley, along with the seat held for the last 12 years by Haskins. Heffner, Martinbiano and Conley survived Tuesday's primary with Gregory Fenner, Steve Hatfield, Raymond Freiberger, Genevieve Field and Greg Hull.

   Conley led the way in city council voting with 1,404 votes. Heffner was second at 1,138, Martinbianco had 1,079 votes, Fenner 1,054, Hatfield 921, Freiberger 738, Field 725 and Hull 575. Gary Goetzinger finished last in Tuesday's race with only 418 votes and is the only candidate in the field who won't be on the November ballot.

   Other election results Tuesday around the Metro Flint area included a millage going down in the Fenton school district and millages passing in the Byron and Frankenmuth districts. Frankenmuth voters also overwhelmingly said yes to a bond proposal in addition to passing two millage proposals on the ballot.

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