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State Senate approves second chance for Flint mayoral candidates

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
There are a number of federal investigations going on at Flint City Hall.

The state Senate has taken a critical step toward giving candidates another chance to be on the Flint mayoral ballot.

Legislation adopted on Tuesday would set a new deadline for candidates to qualify for the August mayoral primary. It would be a one-time exception to state elections law after no candidates qualified for the August ballot based on erroneous information from the Flint city clerk.

Flint officials say it's particularly important because this will be the first election since Flint came out from under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.

Senate Bill 329 got overwhelming bipartisan support in the state Senate. It now goes to the House.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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