Lansing politics

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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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Lansing’s population has grown for a fourth straight year. According to a release from Mayor Virg Bernero’s office, Lansing’s population went up by 1,111 in the year leading up to last July, to 116,020.

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A new proposed ordinance on regulating and licensing medical marijuana businesses goes before the Lansing city council tonight.


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There are two dozen people running for four seats on the Lansing City Council this year. There will be a primary election in August to narrow the field before the November general election. WKAR is bringing you conversations with the candidates. Alexander Rusek is an attorney with an Okemos-based law firm who’s running for one of two at-large seats to be decided this year.


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We continue our conversations with Lansing city council candidates today with at-large candidate Kyle Bowman. He’s a first lieutenant with the Michigan State Police who has served in a series of roles including the protection details for Governors John Engler and Jennifer Granholm. Currently, he commands state security operations at the capitol building and the state office complex.


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We continue our interviews with Lansing city council candidates today with at-large hopeful Yanice Y. Jackson. After her career took her out of state for a time, Jackson moved back to Lansing last year to help run the family business: she’s managing editor of The Chronicle newspaper.


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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 arrived this afternoon. It’s a crowded field, with Mayor Virg Bernero’s decision not to run for another term. There also will be at least one new at-large city council member, and the fourth ward will get new representation.

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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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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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The Lansing Housing Commission has been under new leadership since late February. Martell Armstrong was hired as executive director, leaving a similar post in Inkster, Michigan. He also has management experience from previous jobs with housing authorities in Texas and Ohio.


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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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