Outspoken Flint Councilman Eric Mays dies at age 65

Third-term Flint Councilman Eric Mays, an outspoken city leader during the Flint water crisis who often clashed with fellow officials, died Saturday, according to the city. He was 65.

Mays, who was first elected in 2013, was “beloved for his bold and courageous service on behalf of Flint’s First Ward, and his strong presence will be deeply missed,” the city posted on Facebook.

The flag at Flint City Hall will be lowered to half-staff in his honor starting Monday.

Then City Council Vice President Eric Mays at Flint City Hall on Jan. 13, 2020.

“This is a tremendous loss for our community and a shock to all friends and family,” Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said in a statement. “As our community grieves during this difficult time, on behalf of Councilman Mays’ family, we ask that community members respect their privacy and allow them time and space to mourn. We continue to lift the family in prayer.”

First appeared on www.detroitnews.com

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