ELi’s Voter Guide to the November 2018 Local Election

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 8:52 am
By: 
Ann Nichols

The basics:

There are four open seats on the East Lansing Public Schools Board of Trustees. Current Board members Karen Hoene and Nell Kuhmuench are not running for re-election which leaves two vacancies. The other two openings are created by the expiring terms of current Trustees Kate Powers and Terah Chambers.

There are presently six candidates vying for those four seats: Terah Chambers (running for re-election), Kath Edsall, Noel Garcia, Chris Martin, Kate Powers (running for re-election) and Thasin Sardar. Although Todd Swales will appear on the ballot as a candidate because he missed the deadline for legal withdrawal from the race, he no longer wants to be considered for a seat on the School Board.

There will also be two East Lansing Public School millage proposals on the ballot. Both replace current millages set to expire at the end of the year so, in effect, they generally maintain the current levels of funding without adding any additional revenue to the school system.

Finally, there will be a request for a 911 millage increase that would involve an increased surcharge on all landline and wireless phones to pay for updating and enlarging the scope of the 911 system in Ingham County.

To find out where you vote, what times the polls will be open, how to get an absentee ballot, and so on, visit the site of the East Lansing City Clerk. Note that voter registration for this election ended October 9, 2018.

The candidates:

The following profiles have been provided by ELi:

The following additional reporting has been provided by ELi:

The millage proposals:

The following articles have been provided about the school and 911 millage proposals:

 

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