— Flint Journal headline
Newly elected councilman Wantwaz Davis tells the Flint Journal that he never hid the fact that he served 19 years in prison; it was just never reported by the news media, he says. “The Journal learned of the conviction Wednesday and Davis confirmed it when asked,” the paper reports.
I’ve asked the Journal if the candidates were vetted before the election.
Update: “We didn’t do good enough,” writes editor Marjory Raymer. “We did not inform voters – the way we all wish we could have – of that information [about Davis’s criminal record] before they went to the polls on Tuesday.”
There are a few who criticize The Journal for not getting this story earlier – I agree and I take full responsibility for that.
We’ve been talking a lot internally about how and why we didn’t find out sooner. Here’s what we know: We don’t ever want it to happen again and are developing a process to ensure it never does.