Water woes bubble below the surface in Flint recall election

Posted at 8:22 AM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 08:22:09-05

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.