FLINT, MI– Cynthia Neeley is poised to take over her husband’s vacant state house seat in Lansing.
Neeley and Republican Adam Ford are moving on to the primary election for Flint’s 34th District state house seat after voters hit the polls Tuesday, Jan. 7 in a special election.
A general election is set for March 10 in the heavily Democratic district.
Less than 7 percent of Flint’s 62,242 registered voters participated in the special election, which was called by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after Sheldon Neeley was elected Flint’s mayor.
Sheldon Neeley, Cynthia’s husband, represented the district in Michigan’s House of Representatives beginning in 2014. He resigned from the position after unseating former Mayor Karen Weaver in November 2019. The candidate who is chosen in the March 10 general will finish the remainder of Sheldon Neeley’s term which is set to expire on Dec. 31.
“We look forward to having Cynthia Neeley in Lansing to represent the people of the 34th district,” said Democratic House Leader Christine Greig. “Mayor Neeley did an excellent job while he was in Lansing, and we look forward to having another strong Democrat serving the people of Flint.”
Cynthia Neeley had 1,158 votes. Sean Croudy trailed behind with 570 votes and Santino Guerra followed him with 458 votes, according to unofficial election results from the Genesee County Clerk’s Office.
“I would like to thank God for the opportunity,” Neeley said. “I feel blessed and humbled. I would like to thank the residents for trusting me to move Flint forward. I can’t wait to get to Lansing and hit the ground running.”
There were 11 people who ran for the seat. Ford, the only Republican, received 137 votes. Neeley and Ford will now compete for the seat in the general election.
“I was surprised at how low the voter turnout was,” Ford said. “I thought it’d be a little higher. It shows the voters’ apathy like they don’t care. It’s going to be a tough primary. Hopefully I can get the word out. I am concerned about the water crisis, crime and drugs. There are a lot of issues not being addressed in the district and the state.”
About 4,185 people voted in the special election, about 7 percent of the voters registered in Flint.
Genesee County Clerk John Gleason said the voter turn out was “absolutely horrible.”
“It’s embarrassing. Men and women put their lives on the line for our right to vote. People need to take care of their city by caring about their right to vote,” Gleason said. “I can’t imagine how much money was spent by the city and the county on this election for a turn out like this.”
The state seat includes a majority of the city, however, it does not include precincts 24, 32, 33, 34, 38, 43, 45, 46, 51, 54, 55 and 56. These precincts are part of the 49th State Legislative District.
These are the unofficial results:
Michael Clack: 309 or 8 percent
Sean Croudy: 570 or 14 percent
Monica Galloway: 302 or 7 percent
Santino Guerra: 458 or 11 percent
Vincent Lang: 27 or less than 1 percent
Charis Lee: 427 or 11 percent
Candice Mushatt: 238 or 6 percent
Sherwood Pea Jr.: 90 or 2 percent
Cynthia Neeley: 1,158 or 29 percent
Claudia Perkins-Milton: 394 or 10 percent
Adam Ford: 137 or 68 percent