City of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will be presenting the “2017 State of the City Address” today, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm EST in the City Council Chambers of Flint City Hall where I will be live streaming through Facebook.
The date and the time of this address coincides with a previously scheduled mayoral forum that now has to be rescheduled for October 24.
Jiquanda Johnson, Flint Beat Publisher and Executive Editor, originally scheduled a Flint mayoral forum to be held over the course of two evenings, October 17 and 19, after getting a verbal confirmation from Flint City Council President, Kerry Nelson, that the current Mayor Weaver planned to hold her State of the city address on October 10. Flint Beat invited Mayor Weaver to participate on the October 17 date, but she declined the offer.
After all of the arrangements had been solidified for the mayoral forum and invitations had been accepted by the most of the other mayoral candidates, the mayor announced in an email sent out October 9 her intention of holding a competing State of the City Address.
Mayor Weaver is being recalled and is also a mayoral contender in the upcoming recall election on November 7.
Mayor Weavers email reads:
This correspondence serves as an invitation for you to join me as I present the “2017 State of the City Address” on next Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of Flint City Hall. I am excited to highlight the accomplishments that we have made together and to celebrate the strength, resiliency, and undeterred fight of Flint residents. While we pay tribute to the great progress that has been made, we know there is still much more work to be done. My address will be an opportunity for me to provide you with details on the path that my administration, and I, have set in place to help bring forth the rebirth, rebuilding, and rejuvenation of Flint, Michigan. We would be honored to have you present at this important event.
Hon. Karen W. Weaver
City of Flint”
When asked as to why the Mayor’s office was holding an event to compete with the mayoral forum, a spokesperson for the Mayor claimed the mayor was unaware of the forum, even though Flint Beat was told that the mayor had declined to participate in the forum.
This inconsistent messaging on behalf of the mayor’s office further frustrates residents of a city already beleaguered with mistrust and complaints of a lack of transparency on the part of Mayor Weaver’s administration.
Flint Beat decided to reschedule the mayoral forum so that Flint residents could attend both the forum and the state of the city address. It announced October 13 a newly rescheduled date of October 19 and 24.
The forum will now be held on Thursday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 24 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at the Flint Public Library in Flint, Michigan. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
TATM will be livestreaming the state of the city address and both of the mayoral forums in what are sure be very lively events for a city in year four of a water crisis.
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