Listen to an Exit Interview with Council Member Shanna Draheim

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Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10:51 am
Alice Dreger

Photo by Raymond Holt.

Shanna Draheim just finished her time on the East Lansing City Council. She served one term (November 2015 – November 2019) and voluntarily stepped down. We asked her to do an “exit interview” with us and we recorded that on Wednesday, November 13, the day after the new Council began its work.

In the interview, which lasted about an hour, Draheim talked about why she left Council, what she loved about Council, and what she found the hardest part of the job. We also talked about some of the policies and decisions she feels proud about having worked on, and whether East Lansing, with a permanent population of 20,000, is a “small town.”

In response to my questions, Draheim spoke about the City Council election and the election of Ruth Beier as Mayor and Aaron Stephens as Mayor Pro Tem and the pivot Beier is planning in terms of style of governance compared to Mark Meadows as mayor. We also talked about whether it might make sense to change East Lansing’s voting system to ranked voting or a system with wards (instead of at-large voting), about form-based code, and more.

Here’s the whole (unedited) interview:


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