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FLINT, Mich. (AP) _ James Rutherford was sworn in as mayor Thursday, almost 20 years after voters ousted him from the same job.

Rutherford, 77, was the only candidate listed on Tuesday's special election ballot to fill the remaining 15 months of former Mayor Woodrow Stanley's term. Stanley was recalled in March by voters angry about financial mismanagement in the city.

Rutherford served as mayor of Flint from 1975-83, when he lost an election to former Mayor James Sharp. He chose to run this year because he thought he could help solve Flint's budget crisis.

Flint is around $30 million in debt. Gov. John Engler named an emergency financial manager to take over the city last month, but the takeover was temporarily halted by a judge. If there is a takeover, Rutherford's powers will be removed and a state-appointed emergency financial manager will replace him.

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On the Net: http://www.ci.flint.mi.us