Dayne Walling

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Dayne Walling
Dayne Walling 2010.jpg
Walling in 2010
92nd / 7th (strong) executive Mayor of the City of Flint, Michigan
Assumed office
August 6, 2009
Preceded by Michael Brown (temporary)
Constituency City of Flint
Personal details
Born (1974-03-03) March 3, 1974 (age 41)[1]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Carrie[2]
Children Bennett, Emery[2]
Residence Kensington Avenue[1]
Alma mater Michigan State University
University of Oxford
Goldsmiths, University of London
University of Minnesota[1]
Website Flint's Mayor

Dayne Walling (born March 3, 1974) is the mayor of Flint, Michigan.


Early life and education[edit]

Walling was born on March 3, 1974 to two Flint schools educators. In 1992, he graduated from Flint Central High School.[1]

Walling then earned a bachelor's degree in social relations from Michigan State University. He attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship getting a bachelor's in modern history. He followed that with a master's degree in urban affairs from Goldsmiths, University of London.[1]

Public life[edit]

Walling began his public service career in the mayor's office in Washington, DC. For over two years, he worked as manager of research and communication. During that time, Walling was a founder and president of the Flint Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization.[3]

He then became a policy advocate for Urban Coalition of Minnesota and was a doctoral candidate at University of Minnesota. After an April 2004 Flint forum, Walling decided to move back to Flint to run for Mayor. In May 2006, Walling and his family moved to Kensington Avenue in Flint. He worked for one year as a senior research fellow at the Genesee County Land Bank.[1]

Political career[edit]

In the 2007 primary, Walling was one of seven candidates for mayor.[1] Making it to the general election, Walling lost to Don Williamson.[4] On August 4, 2009, Walling won the special general mayoral election over Genesee County Commissioner Brenda Clack to replace Williamson after his resignation.[5]

In his bid to be re-elected, Walling came in first the nonpartisan general primary on August 2, 2011 with Darryl Buchanan taking second to face off with him in the general election in November.[6] On November 8, 2011, Walling defeated Buchanan 8,819 votes (56%) to 6,868 votes (44%).[7] That same day, the Michigan State review panel declared the City of Flint to be in state of a "local government financial emergency".[8] His authority as Flint Mayor was superseded by the appointment by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder of Michael Brown as the city's Emergency Manager on November 29 effective December 1st.[9]

Although the Flint mayor's office is a nonpartisan position, Walling is a member of the Democratic Party.

Political experience[edit]

Walling had also served as U.S. Rep. Dale E. Kildee's Field coordinator and worked to get out the vote for National Voice.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Chick Whiteside, Mary Ann (15 May 2007). "Dayne Walling". Flint Journal. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Kristin, Longley (2009-08-06). "Mayor Dayne Walling lays out priorities at swearing in ceremony, pledges to keep police chief". Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Bach, Matt (2007-11-13). "The Flint Club". Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Raymer, Marjory (2007-08-09). "Two white candidates make history". Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 6 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Mayor-Elect Dayne Walling To Be Sworn In". (Meredith Corporation). 2009-08-06. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Longley, Kristin (August 3, 2011). "Darryl Buchanan declares 2nd place finish to Mayor Dayne Walling in Flint mayoral primary election". Flint Journal. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Longley, Kristin (November 9, 2011). "About 19 percent of voters turned out to re-elect Flint Mayor Dayne Walling". Flint Journal. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Longley, Kristin (November 9, 2011). "Dayne Walling re-elected mayor as state declares financial emergency in Flint". Flint Journal. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Longley, Kristin (29 November 2011). "Former Acting Mayor Michael Brown named Flint's emergency manager". Flint Journal. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Brown
Mayor of Flint
Succeeded by