Lansing politics

Schor family on stage
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Lansing elected a new mayor in 2017, and Andy Schor will take the oath of office today.


Photos of Virg Bernero, Debbie Mikula, Tony Baltimore, Tim Daman and David Hollister.
WKAR Photos

On Monday, Lansing will get its first new mayor in a dozen years when Andy Schor takes the oath of office. Virg Bernero’s 12 years in office will come to an end at 11:30 a.m. on New Years Day. Politicians have their supporters and they have their detractors, and Virg Bernero might have as wide a range of descriptions as anyone in Lansing history. While some admire his drive, others criticize his sometimes brusque demeanor. In anticipation of his departure from office, WKAR sought out a cross-section of the Lansing community to look back at Virg Bernero’s time as mayor.


Virg Bernero photo from CBS News
CBS News

Next Monday will be Virg Bernero’s last day as Mayor of Lansing. Today and tomorrow, WKAR will consider his legacy as he moves into private life. We begin today with a look at the way many will remember Virg Bernero: as America’s Angriest Mayor.


Andy Schor photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan House Television

Democrat Andy Schor bid farewell to the state House of Representatives yesterday, as he prepares to serve as mayor of Lansing.


New Lansing City Hall sign
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Lansing city hall was named in honor of former mayor David Hollister today.


Brian T. Jackson photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The fourth ward city council seat in Lansing will have a new face next year. Incumbent Jessica Yorko decided not to run for re-election. Yorko has endorsed Brian T. Jackson’s campaign for the post.


Julee Rodocker photo
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

A former Lansing Board of Water and Light commissioner who still works in the utility industry hopes to become Lansing’s next city council member representing Ward 2. WKAR’s conversations with candidates continue with Julee Rodocker, who expresses pride in her lifetime ties to the second ward.


Rosalinda Hernandez photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Rosalinda Hernandez, a pastor at I Am Ministries in Lansing, is running for one of two at-large seats on the Lansing city council this year. Along with her ministry, Hernandez is a chaplain with the Lansing Police Department.


Kathie Dunbar photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Kathie Dunbar is running for re-election to the at-large seat she has held on the Lansing city council since late 2005. She says she wants another term because “there’s never enough time to finish what’s going on.”

Jeremy Garza photo
Courtesy photo

An 18-year plumber in Lansing hopes that union support will help him win the second ward city council seat this year. Jeremy Garza is a safety director with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union who serves on Lansing’s Plumbing Board.


Friends of Ormond Park photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

UPDATE AT 1:05 P.M.: Ingham County circuit court Judge James Jamo has signed a restraining order temporarily blocking work on a new road through Ormond Park in Lansing to the Groesbeck golf course.

Amanda Bernés photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Social worker Amanda Bernés is running for the 4th ward seat on the Lansing city council up for grabs this year. Incumbent Jessica Yorko decided not to run for re-election.


Evelyn Pech-Vasquez photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

A member of Lansing’s Southside Community Center Board is running for Lansing city council at-large. Evelyn Pech-Vasquez says she’s been active in the community for 13 years and has worked as a guest teacher in Lansing schools.


Thomas J. Harris Jr. photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Army veteran Thomas J. Harris Junior is running for one of two at-large seats up for grabs in Lansing this year. He’s a Sexton High School graduate who moved back to Lansing late last year after serving his country around the world.


Kathi Ann Raffone photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

With Jessica Yorko’s decision against running for re-election in Lansing’s fourth ward, seven candidates are pursuing the open seat. WKAR’s conversations with council candidates continue with Kathi Ann Raffone, who’s making her first bid for public office.


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