Judge orders Flint councilman to pick between running for mayor or council

FLINT, MI – Longtime Flint City Councilman Scott Kincaid cannot run for both council and mayor at the same time, a judge has ruled.

In a three-page written opinion issued on Tuesday, Aug. 29, Genesee County Circuit Judge Geoffrey L. Neithercut ruled that the offices of city councilperson and mayor are “incompatible” and thus Kincaid may not appear on the November ballot for both seats.

However, Neithercut wrote that due to “the unique timing problem” of the mayoral recall race only becoming available months after the deadline to declare candidacy for city council, Kincaid may have until Tuesday, Sept. 5, to decide which seat he wants to campaign for.

The Ninth Ward Councilman said he has “a lot to sort through” before deciding which Flint leadership position to pursue.

“I’m concerned about my constituents in the Ninth Ward … they’ve given me overwhelming support over the years and I don’t want them to ever think I would turn my back on the Ninth Ward,” Kincaid said. “The reason I’d even be interested in running for mayor is because I believe I can serve the city’s constituents of the city as I have the Ninth Ward. I need to talk to my wife, my family and my friends about this. I’m not swayed by outside influences and I don’t believe in corruption.”

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