Lansing cook seeks city council at-large seat

Apr 16, 2017

The growing field of candidates for city council in Lansing includes Justin DeBoer, a 27-year-old lifelong Lansing resident who makes his living as a cook.

DeBoer has entered the crowded field of candidates for one of two at-large seats on the city council. At this point, there are six at-large candidates.

One factor that motivated Justin DeBoer to enter the race is how he thinks the actions of President Donald Trump could affect the city. "He is slashing EPA funds," DeBoer says, "so that means no funds for Lansing water, making sure that it's clean."

DeBoer also expresses concern about how the Lansing Board of Water and Light bills customers. "The Board of Water and Light is prorating customers bills and not reading their meters," he explains. "Everybody is upset about it. It affects every resident in Lansing. I want to work on a solution so nobody's being ripped off."

He also is unhappy with the handling of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing. "The new ordinance is pretty restrictive," states DeBoer, "and patients, caregivers and entrepreneurs are worried that most shops will close down. I think they should scrap the current plan and redraft it."