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Flint Mourns the Passing of Longtime City Councilman Eric Mays

Flint, Michigan – The city of Flint is reeling from the news of the passing of longtime City Councilman Eric Mays, who died at the age of 65. Mays, a prominent figure in Flint’s political landscape, passed away on Saturday, February 24, leaving behind a legacy of passionate advocacy and unwavering commitment to his community.

The announcement of Mays’ death came as a shock to many in Flint, with Mayor Sheldon Neeley expressing deep sorrow over the loss. “This is a tremendous loss for our community and a shock to all friends and family,” Mayor Neeley stated. “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.”

Known for his outspoken demeanor and confrontational style, Mays was a polarizing figure in Flint politics. Throughout his tenure, he garnered attention for his passionate arguments and clashes with fellow council members. Despite the controversies surrounding him, Mays remained a steadfast advocate for his constituents in the city’s First Ward.

Flint City Council President Ladel Lewis remembered Mays as a dedicated public servant and a tireless champion for the people of Flint. “His unwavering commitment to the betterment of our community has left an indelible mark, and his absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him,” Lewis remarked.

Mays’ political career spanned over a decade, during which he served three terms on the city council. He was known for his bold and courageous service, often receiving the most votes among his colleagues, indicating his enduring popularity among First Ward voters.

However, Mays’ tenure was not without its controversies. His confrontational style sometimes led to clashes with critics and even legal issues. He was placed on probation for disorderly conduct during a city council meeting in 2022, but remained unapologetic, vowing to continue holding elected officials accountable.

Despite the challenges he faced, Mays remained a vocal advocate for his constituents, particularly during Flint’s water crisis and the city’s emergence from state emergency management.

Flags at Flint City Hall will be lowered to half-staff in Mays’ honor, beginning Monday, February 26, as the city mourns the loss of one of its most prominent political figures. As Flint remembers Eric Mays, his contributions to the city will be forever remembered with gratitude and respect, leaving an indelible mark on the community he served tirelessly.