See who filed to run for Flint mayor before Tuesday's deadline

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FLINT (WJRT) (4/23/2019) - Flint voters will be asked to choose from five candidates in the city's mayoral race this year.

The deadline to file paperwork to appear on the ballot for the election was at 4 p.m. Each candidate had to file petitions with 600 signatures from registered voters in the city, which the Clerk's Office will certify.

Incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver announced her intention to run for another term a few weeks ago.

State Rep. Sheldon Neeley, who is serving his final term in the Michigan House, also announced his plans to run for mayor. He cannot run for another term in the House due to term limits.

They will be joined on the ballot by three other candidates:

-- Tonya Burns, a business owner who previously ran for the Ward 6 City Council seat.
-- Gregory Eason, who was the city administrator in former Mayor Dayne Walling's administration.
-- Don Pfeiffer, who ran against Weaver and other candidates in the 2017 recall election.

The Clerk's Office has until April 29 to verify each of the five candidates submitted all of the required 600 valid signatures before certifying them to appear on the ballot.

A primary election on Aug. 6 will pare down the list of candidates to two, who will face off head to head on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The winner will serve a three-year term from 2019 to 2022, as the city switches its mayoral terms to even-numbered years that coincide with the Michigan governor.