When I moved to Northside, I was thrilled to be able to get a job cleaning up the city.
But when I moved in, I noticed a problem.
I’d never seen the city’s water so filthy and polluted.
The only things I could clean up were the streets and sidewalks.
And since my house was on a street, I could not live there.
The city had no sewage, no pipes, no water.
Flint had no plumbing.
It had no air.
I started to feel like I was being cheated.
After months of watching the water levels skyrocket, I started calling the city and calling the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to complain.
They were so desperate to fix the problem, they told me they’d never be able find the answer.
Flint’s lead levels had been rising steadily over the last several years.
It was an emergency.
They said the water was unsafe.
The crisis was over.
So I called up the DEQ again.
The response was worse.
I told them that I was tired of waiting for answers and wanted to see the data to make sure the city was actually safe.
The DEQ told me that, as a result, they had to take action to fix it.
Flint was the latest example of how America’s leaders have let the problems of poverty and inequality get the best of them.
This is the way it should be.
It’s time to bring back accountability to local governments, get out of the way of our problems, and get back to the real work of fixing our broken system.
That’s why I am running for mayor of Flint, Michigan.
As governor, I committed to putting in place a new emergency management program.
This program has been the envy of the nation.
We have saved more than $10 billion and have eliminated more than 10,000 lead-poisoning deaths.
I have also cut costs, increased spending, and made investments that will allow our people to get back on their feet.
And, with more than 300 days left until the next election, I’ve committed to enacting a long-overdue plan to fix Flint’s problems.
Flint is the most dangerous city in America.
Flint has more lead pipes than Detroit and more lead paint than New York City.
But the crisis in Flint has gone too far.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, a Democrat, has said that the city is “underwater,” and that it is in danger of becoming “disasters without end.”
In her first public comments, she said the city needs a long overdue plan to address the crisis and that she is not interested in the next administration’s proposal.
Flint residents and residents across the country are fed up.
We are tired of the politicians saying they’re going to fix our problems if it means that we can’t fix our own.
We don’t want to wait for the politicians to do something.
Flint needs to be fixed.
The people of Flint deserve to know that we are ready to fix this.
We’re going in the right direction, and the citizens of Flint are going to come out on top.
We need to make the case for this plan, and we need to do it now.
So I am calling on all Americans to take a stand and vote for me.
I want to thank the hardworking citizens of the Flint, Mich., area, who have given me a chance to run for office.
They have put up with the crisis for too long.
I look forward to working with them to build a new and stronger community.
I will work with them and our city to make Flint a better place.
I am also calling on my fellow residents to vote for someone who will work tirelessly to fix what is broken.
And I will do all in my power to make it right.
And we can do it together.
The voters of Flint need to know this: They are not forgotten.
I know that this city will be the center of the American dream, but we are not going to let them forget.
We will make Flint whole again.
And they can make it better.