City residents who want to vote in the August primary election will need to get to a Secretary of State branch today, July 6. City Hall is closed today because of the Independence Day holiday, but voters can still register by visiting any branch office of the Secretary of State before 5 p.m. Voters will narrow the field of candidates for Flint mayor on Aug. 4 and some residents will choose a council member to complete a term in the 3rd and 6th wards. Incumbent Dayne Walling faces businesswoman Karen Weaver and council members Eric Mays and Wantwaz Davis in the mayoral primary with the top two voter-getters moving forward to the November election.
Mayor Dayne Walling says he got "a little emotional" when he performed his first same-sex marriage ceremony following the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage last week. "I was able to perform the marriage yesterday of a couple in the Carriage Town neighborhood that I've known for a number of years," said Walling, who said he was a "a little emotional" in presiding over the ceremony.