Warren Mayor James Fouts cruised to any easy primary victory Tuesday night.
The five-person primary in Michigan’s third-largest city got downright nasty at times. Candidates lobbed personal attacks, and there was a strange battle over whether Fouts had to reveal his age.
In the end though, Fouts was the clear winner, garnering more than 70% of the vote.
Fouts says he’s fought blight, demolishing about 600 dangerous homes. He also reorganized the city’s police department, and brought back EMS services.
He says the vote shows Warren is happy with his efforts.
“I think hard work, and effort, and recognizing the taxpayers are your boss, has allowed this success to take place.”
Fouts and City Councilwoman Kathy Vogt, a longtime political opponent, will face off in the November general election.
Despite finishing a distant second, Vogt says she’ll continue to hammer on what she calls Fouts’ lack of fiscal discipline.
“There are places where costs can be cut. And that’s what we’ve got to do. There’s got to be drastic cuts at this point. And the people at the top cannot continue to take top dollar all the time.”
Fouts calls Vogt’s assertions of fiscal irresponsibility “preposterous.” He says Warren has more money in its general fund than any other city in the state.