FLINT, Mich. – Change has come to City Hall in the form of five new council members who were sworn into office along with four incumbents on Monday, Nov. 13. Newcomers Maurice D. Davis, Santino J. Guerra, Jerri Winfrey-Carter, L. Allan Griggs and Eva Worthing joined incumbents Eric Mays, Kate Fields, Herbert J. Winfrey, and Monica S. Galloway in taking the oath of office, which was administered by City Clerk Inez Brown. Following a formal introduction to supporters inside City Council Chambers, each council member spoke briefly and pledged to work with Mayor Karen Weaver to address the city’s challenges.
In an interview with the Courier, Fifth Ward council member Winfrey-Carter said she is focused on community and economic development and is ready to get to work.
“We have a big blight problem and I plan get in there and work with all the neighborhood watch organizations to get a handle on the blight problem in the fifth ward,” said Winfrey-Carter.
“I’m really into economic development and want to talk with people to come up with a plan to bring in more jobs. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work,” she said.
Third Ward council member Guerra said there are several issues to address and that he is ready to go to work for the people who elected him.
“We’ve got a lot of issues affecting the third ward. We have to make sure that we have safe water, affordable water, and there is a blight issue that we have to start working on. We also have to ensure that we have public safety. The work starts now,” he said.