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Flint City Council Mourns the Passing of Longtime Advocate and Councilman Eric Mays

Flint is in mourning after the loss of its outspoken Councilman Eric Mays, who passed away on Saturday due to natural causes following an illness, at the age of 65. The city announced the news of his passing on Saturday evening, marking a profound loss for the community he served with dedication.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley praised Mays for his “bold and courageous service” to the First Ward’s constituents, acknowledging that his “strong presence” will be sorely missed within the halls of City Hall. “This is a tremendous loss for our community and a shock to all friends and family,” remarked Neeley, urging the community to respect the privacy of Mays’ family during this challenging time and to keep them in their prayers.

In honor of Mays, flags at Flint City Hall will be flown at half-staff starting Monday. Having represented the First Ward on the Flint City Council for over a decade, Mays was a popular figure, often securing the most votes among his council peers. He first assumed office in November 2013, succeeding Anita Brown and was re-elected for a third term in November 2021. Mays also held significant roles during his tenure, including council president in 2021 and chairman of the Finance Committee in 2018. Despite an unsuccessful mayoral run in 2022 against Karen Weaver and the current mayor, Sheldon Neeley, Mays’ dedication to Flint’s betterment was unwavering.

Flint City Council President Ladel Lewis commented on Mays’ legacy, stating, “Councilman Mays was not only a dedicated public servant but also a tireless champion for the people of Flint. His unwavering commitment has left an indelible mark, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.”

During his time on the council, Mays was a vocal advocate for his constituents, especially through the water crisis and Flint’s transition back to self-governance from state emergency management. At the time of his death, Mays was serving a three-month suspension from the council, with his legal team challenging the council’s decision.

Details on Mays’ funeral arrangements were not available on Saturday evening.

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