Incumbent Weaver survives recall, remains Flint’s mayor

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)

DETROIT (AP) — Incumbent Karen Weaver survived a recall effort to remain Flint’s mayor as the Michigan city slowly recovers from a lead-contaminated water crisis. Weaver won Tuesday’s winner-takes-all election and will serve the final two years of her four-year term. The lengthy ballot included Weaver, recall organizer Arthur Woodson and longtime City Councilman Scott Kincaid, who had received significant donations from labor organizations in a union-heavy town. The ballot didn’t refer to the water crisis. The official reason was 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 were on everybody’s minds. The city stopped using Detroit’s water system and instead tapped the Flint River during an 18-month period in 2014 and 2015, as a way to save money while the city’s finances were under state control. But the river water wasn’t properly treated, which caused lead from pipes in older homes and buildings to leach into drinking water. Some children were found to have elevated lead levels in their blood.