On Tuesday voters in Flint will decide whether to re-elect Mayor Dayne Walling to another 4 year term or give Darryl Buchanan, longtime activist and former city council rep., a shot at the office. Voters we spoke with, for the most part, seemed non-committal on the race. Students we spoke with at Mott Community College say things just need to get better. "We've been down and we're going down further and further," says Tisha, who didn't give her last name. She says the biggest issue facing the city it poverty, and lack of money. She tells us she hasn't chosen a candidate but whomever winds should do what's right. Another student, Dominique, told us he hasn't made a decision yet either.
Ronald Steward is a resident of Flint and a Walling supporter, but he says he will support whoever wins in working with young people to make the city a better place. "They just need jobs, something to do after school," he says. "Whoever winds the election as long as they're doing something for this community to bring back Flint like it was in the 70s I'm good.... I'm for him."
The day before elections, each of the Flint Mayoral candidates came on the NBC25 Today Show to talk about why he believes he deserves Flint's top job. You can watch their interviews in the video boxes below:Mayor Dayne Walling Darryl Buchanan
South of Flint in the other big local race, educators are supporting a recall effort of State Representative Paul Scott, but there is opposition out there. Some we spoke with say Scott is doing a good job, while others tell NBC 25 they support the teachers but they think the recall is a waste of money and time and he should be voted out of office in the regular election a year from now. But there is a strong recall sentiment as evidenced by the 25% of voters in the last election who signed the petition.
"Its not easy to recall a legislator you need 25 percent of all the previous gubernatorial election," says Mott Community College history professor Brian Harding. "The gubernatorial elections have the highest turnout so to get 25 percent to sign a petition in an off year isn't easy to do."
According to the Michigan Secretary of State if the recall is successful Scott must leave office immediately upon certification of the votes. The Michigan Constitution provides for a special election to replace him but not until the next regular election date on February 28th, 2012. Voters in Scott's district would go without a representative until then.
Tuesday, Rep. Paul Scott and Bobbie Walton with Citizens Against Government Overreach debated on the NBC25 Today Show. You can watch their interviews below: