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Michigan Supreme Court denies Mayor Fouts bid for fifth reelection


The Michigan Supreme Court may have brought an end to the political career of the long-time leader of the state’s third-largest city.

   The High Court is refusing to hear an appeal of a lower court order that Jim Fouts is ineligible to seek a fifth term as Mayor of Warren.

   In 2020 Warren voters approved a charter amendment that set term limits for mayors.

   But Warren’s City Clerk and Elections Commission said the wording on the ballot question was so unclear it should not apply to Fouts.

   The Warren City Council challenged that…and the state Court of Appeals agreed Fouts could no longer be a mayoral candidate.

   Fouts has been an at times controversial fixture in Warren politics.

   He’s been mayor since 2007…after serving more than two decades on the City Council.

Quinn Klinefelter is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, anchoring midday newscasts and preparing reports for WDET, NPR and the BBC. Klinefelter joined WDET in 1998 after earning a M.A. from the nation’s top-ranked journalism school, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and working as a sports correspondent for BBC Radio 4 and as a talk show host, anchor and reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio.