FLUSHING — Four vacant Flushing City Council seats will be up for grabs at this year’s primary election.
On Aug. 4, Flushing voters will be tasked with filling District 2, District 3, District 4 and an at-large city council position. All four council seats were left vacant after former Flushing City Council members Dick Bade, Lynne Black, Karianne Martus and Patrick Scanlon resigned earlier this year.
In District 2, Seth Neblock will face Dane Miller for a partial term ending on Nov. 8, 2021.
Neblock, an elder law attorney for a Flint-based non-profit legal aid firm, said that he wants to be a strong voice for his neighborhood and make decisions that reflect the wishes of Flushing citizens.
“There has been a great deal of division and fighting among our city leaders over the past few years,” Neblock said. “I want to be a voice of reason who can work together with all of our elected officials towards an even better future for Flushing.”
Miller, a technical sales manager for a plant machinery company, said that he wants to bring a fresh perspective to the council and help the city to run smoothly.
“I specifically chose to run for the District 2 opening, versus the At Large opening, to be able to be the voice of my neighbors,” he said. “Two of my main priorities will be seeing that the police contract is completed, and ensuring Flushing maintains its excellent services.”
In District 3, former Flushing City Manager Brad Barrett will square off with Danielle Smith for a partial term ending on Nov. 13, 2023.
Barrett was hired as Flushing City Manager in 2015 and held the position until his contract was terminated by the city this April. He is a current member of East Pierson Road Corridor Improvement Authority and previously served on several local committees, including the Genesee County 911 Consortium Executive Board and the GCDC Surface Water Management Advisory Committee.
“I am seeking a seat on city council to serve and be the voice for taxpaying homeowners, protect Flushing’s excellent services and high quality of life, invest in the city’s future while maintaining its financial stability and uphold the city charter approved by voters,” Barrett said.
Smith, a Flushing firefighter for 16 years and a pharmacy technician, also serves on the Flushing City Parks and Recreation Committee and is a volunteer chairperson for Flushing Movies in the Park.
“I am running for City Council because I witnessed how the previous administration showed a lack of leadership and empathy, especially when dealing with current employees,” Smith said. “The dedicated employees of the Flushing Police Department have been working without a contract for far too long. I feel that I am the best candidate to represent District 3 because I have no prior resentments towards the City or its employees, which makes me the best choice on Aug. 4.”
The District 4 race features candidates Eric Johnson and Patrick Jones, who are running for a partial term ending on Nov. 8, 2021.
Johnson is a United States Navy Veteran and the owner of Gas Tank Renu since 1987. He is also president of the Greater Flint Pilots Association and a current VFW commander. If elected, Johnson said that he will forge relationships with fellow council members and use his leadership experience to better his community.
Jones, a United States Air Force veteran and local heating and cooling technician, has said that he wants to maintain Flushing’s friendly family atmosphere and improve the city’s park system.
In the race for the council’s at-large position, Dan Fralick will be running unopposed for a partial term ending on Nov. 8, 2021. Fralick, currently the public relations director at the Flushing Valley Golf Club, served two terms as the Flushing Chamber of Commerce president and is a former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Chapter #8489.