Dispute over Warren City Council heads to court

WARREN (AP) -- Changes to the way City Council members in the Detroit suburb of Warren are elected have sparked political infighting.

Voters amended the city charter last year to switch to mostly election by districts. The Detroit News reports that a lawsuit to block the change has thrown council races into disarray. A Macomb County Circuit Court judge plans to hear arguments today.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this month by Eugene Sawyer and Dean Berry, two at-large candidates in the November election. They claim the Warren Tea Party circulated misleading petitions about the proposed changes.

The group says it was upfront about the proposals.

The revised charter shrinks council from nine to seven members and makes five seats elected by district and two at-large.

The city wants the lawsuit thrown out.

Published: Tue, May 24, 2011

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