Election 2017

2017 is an election year, including the choice of a new mayor in Lansing. WKAR's coverage is compiled here, including conversations with city council candidates in Lansing and other elections in mid-Michigan this year.
 

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The last candidate to file to run for mayor in Lansing before Tuesday’s deadline was Marc Patrick Townsend, who works as a maintenance man at a downtown building.

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The deadline to file as a candidate for office in Lansing is today at 4 p.m.

UPDATE: Amidst speculation that city clerk Chris Swope might be unopposed, a challenger did file to run against him today: Jerimic Clayborn III will try to win the clerk's position.

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The list of people running for mayor in Lansing has grown to five with the entry of Michael Joseph Gillenkirk. He joins city council member Judi Brown Clarke, state Representative Andy Schor, former council member Harold Leeman Jr. and Danny Trevino, whose family runs a medical marijuana operation.


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Education is a top priority for Elvin Caldwell, community liaison at the Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy in Lansing. He thinks his experience would serve the people of Lansing’s fourth ward well as a member of the city council.


A fourth candidate has filed to run for mayor in Lansing. The Lansing State Journal reports that Danny Trevino filed to run for mayor on Wednesday, the same day he registered to vote. He’s 20 years old.

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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.


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Following Lansing Board of Education member Peter Spadafore’s announcement that he’s running for an at-large seat on the city council, a school board colleague is now joining him in the race. Guillermo Lopez was first elected to the school board in 2001.


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We have another interview today with a candidate for Lansing city council. Jaron Green is a 24-year-old Army veteran who is studying political science at Lansing Community College. He has worked in the office of state Representative Sheldon Neeley of Flint, and now works in the broker management department at Jackson National.


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UPDATE: On March 29, 4th ward Lansing city council member Jessica Yorko announced via Facebook that, due to medical reasons, she has decided not to file to run for another term.

We continue our conversations with Lansing city council candidates today with 4th ward incumbent Jessica Yorko.


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We continue our conversations with candidates for Lansing city council today with the youngest announced candidate to this point, Michael Ruddock. He’s a 23-year old senior in MSU’s James Madison College who expects to graduate in May.


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Saying “I am ready to get started,” Lansing city council member Judi Brown-Clarke announced Thursday she is a candidate for mayor. 

The Olympic medal winner said she’s received encouragement to run for the post from “across the city.”

She said she will roll out a detailed plan to move the city forward “very shortly.”

Brown-Clarke says a priority would be to cultivate regionalism.

“There’s absolutely no way we can accomplish what we’re attempting to without regional cooperation and partnership,” she said.

State Rep Schor to announce Mayoral plans

Feb 21, 2017
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This year’s mayor’s race in Lansing should become clearer on Wednesday.

That’s when Democratic State Representative Andy Schor has said he will announce his decision at a Lansing coffee shop.

Schor is serving his third term representing Lansing in the State House and spent a decade on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.

Schor says he will announce his decision at Strange Matter coffee on Michigan Avenue at 11 am.

Mayor Virg Bernero has announced he intends to run for a 4th term.

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We continue our conversations with Lansing city council candidates today with James McClurken. He’s running against incumbent Jessica Yorko, who is expected to run for re-election in the fourth ward.


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WKAR’s conversations with Lansing city council candidates continue with newcomer Christopher Jackson. He’s running for an at-large seat.


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WKAR’s conversations with Lansing city council candidates continue today with Peter Spadafore, who’s running for an at-large seat.


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