FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver delivers a State of the City address in Flint, Mich. Flint voters go to the polls Nov. 7, 2017 to decide whether to recall Weaver on a ballot that includes her name and 17 other candidates. (Jake May/The Flint via AP, File)

Water woes bubble below the surface in Flint recall election

November 05, 2017 - 11:21 am

DETROIT (AP) — Karen Weaver became mayor of Flint two years ago arguing that her predecessor had bungled the response to the city's lead-contaminated water crisis.

Seventeen other people now believe they can do a better job and are seeking to oust her Tuesday in a recall election.

The ballot for the winner-take-all election doesn't refer to the lead crisis. The official reason is Weaver's decision to hire a suburban Detroit trash hauler that became connected to a federal corruption investigation.

Still, the troubles caused by Flint's ill-fated switch to a cheaper water source are on everybody's minds.

Paul Rozycki, a retired political science professor at Flint's Mott Community College, says the water crisis has caused already wary voters to lose even more trust in the political process.

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