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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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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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A package of bills aiming at expanding the state’s Freedom of Information Act moves to the Senate floor this week, after passing unanimously in the Michigan House of Representatives.


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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.


The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.

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If you’re expelled or resign from your seat in the legislature, you shouldn’t get to run for the seat you vacated. That’s the logic behind a bill making progress in Lansing.

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Some Democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right. But not everyone is onboard.

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