Image: A montage of the latest Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce ads for the East Lansing City Council race
East Lansing residents checking their mailboxes yesterday discovered a new round of glossy campaign mailings from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, including another attacking Council candidate Erik Altmann, and three promoting candidate Shanna Draheim.
Above: Candidates for City Council Erik Altmann, Nathan Tripeltt, and Mark Meadows.
Whether the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s attack ad on East Lansing City Council candidate Erik Altmann will affect the outcome of next Tuesday’s election is difficult to gauge. But what is clear is that the ad has caused a great deal of controversy.
Introductory note: Two days ago, we published an article about a new analysis of East Lansing’s ballooning retiree-related debt and on a related campaign controversy. In response to that, we’ve been getting lots of questions about the City’s retiree-related debt.
Above: Mayor Nathan Triplett and Councilmember Ruth Beier
Running for re-election to East Lansing's City Council, Mayor Nathan Triplett has been emphasizing success at reducing the City’s debt since he joined Council. In his most recent campaign letter, Triplett says, “During my time on Council, we’ve reduced our city’s debt by nearly 30%.”
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Photo: Recent groundbreaking ceremony for the project now called “300 Grand,” formerly known as “The Gateway.” In the photo, members of the DDA/BRA, which approved a $1.9 million TIF for this project, include DTN’s Colin Cronin (third from left) and Mayor Nathan Triplett (second from right).
This is an update on our report from roughly two weeks ago regarding campaign financing of the six people running for East Lansing’s City Council, because Campaign finance has become a perennial “ask” of ELi’s readers. If this work matters to you, please take a moment to donate to support our work.
As we reported in this week’s Council Capsule, last night East Lansing’s City Council discussed allowing a developer to create a paved spur attaching the Northern Tier Trail to Chandler Road. City Council is due to vote on the issue next Tuesday.
With plans in place to start killing deer in East Lansing starting late next month, City Council will be voting in November to change an ordinance to support the plan. Such a legal change may not really be necessary according to City Attorney Tom Yeadon. But Yeadon told City Council on Tuesday night that prudence suggests an amendment to the current ordinance involving restriction of firearms so that it will be straightforward in the future for the City or State to cull deer as necessary in the City of East Lansing.