Some voters in Michigan are headed to the polls tomorrow Tuesday for primary elections. In Benton Harbor voters are narrowing the field of candidates for mayor.
There are six candidates on the ballot running for a four year term to be Benton Harbor’s next mayor.
They include the incumbent Marcus Muhammad and city commissioners Juanita Henry, C.F. Jones and Ron Singleton. Newcomers to the candidate field include Margie Carter and Jamie Davis.
Since the last mayoral elections, the city has been removed from state oversight.
The next mayor will likely inherit the quarrel between the state and Benton Harbor Area Schools. That fight is largely with the school board as the district covers more than just the city. The state is proposing closing Benton Harbor High School.
Benton Harbor hired a new city manager last week. Ellis Mitchell had his first commission meeting on Monday. The former manager, Darwin Watson, was fired by the city commission last month.
The top two vote-getters in the primary will face off in the November general election.
EDIT 8/6/19: A previous version of this story wrongly stated the commission was working to hire a new city manager. A new manager was hired July 25. The story reflects those changes