Flint's 9th Ward elects new city councilman for the first time in 30 years

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FLINT (WJRT) (11/08/2017) - It's been more than three decades since someone other than Scott Kincaid represented the 9th Ward on the Flint City Council.

Eva Worthing

Eva Worthing will take over the position after winning the seat with more than 800 votes Tuesday. Kincaid initially planned to seek another term, but withdrew his name from the ballot to run for mayor instead.

That left Worthing's name alone on the ballot. Kincaid lost his mayoral bid with 32 percent of the vote to Mayor Karen Weaver, who successfully fought off a recall attempt with 53 percent of the vote.

"When he decided to run for mayor and I was uncontested -- the only one on the ballot -- I thought, 'This is my chance. I get to do something,'" Worthing said. "How exciting is that?"

At his campaign headquarters Tuesday night, a very emotional Kincaid thanked his family and supporters while talking about his hope for the city of Flint.

"While this ends my career in public service, this doesn't end my concern for the city," he said.

Kincaid was proud of the campaign he ran against Weaver.

"We raised a lot of important concerns during this campaign and I hope they will be considered as the mayor and council move forward in the city of Flint," Kincaid said.

So what's next for him? Kincaid said he still wants to help the city in some capacity, but he didn't have any firm plans for how on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Worthing is ready to get started with her service to the city when she takes her position on the council next week.

The first order of business facing the new-look Flint City Council will be deciding on a water source for the city. Worthing's views mirror Kincaid's on the issue, as she's firmly opposed to the 30-year deal currently on the table.

The council is on a tight timeframe from a federal judge to approve a long-term agreement with the Great Lakes Water Authority in Detroit, which currently provides Flint's drinking water, or the Karegnondi Water Authority, which soon will supply Genesee County municipalities around Flint.

"I do not believe in a 30-year contract with GLWA right now," Worthing said. "We don't know what the rates will be in the last 10 years so we cannot do that."

Like Kincaid, Worthing wants Flint to enter into a short-term water agreement and continue studying both proposals.

"I'd like to see us have a couple year contract with GLWA in the interim," Worthing said. "And I want Governor Snyder to give us that chance and not force us into a 30-year contract."

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