Meadows and Altmann Pull Nominating Petitions for 2019 Council Race; Draheim to Follow Soon

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Monday, March 18, 2019, 10:11 am
Nick Wright

Mayor Mark Meadows and Mayor Pro Tem Erik Altmann have taken out the Nominating Petition required to run for re-election to City Council in November 2019. There will be three open seats in the election, which are currently held by Meadows, Altmann, and Council Member Shanna Draheim. Each City Council member is elected for a four-year term.

Council Member Shanna Draheim has not yet taken out Nominationg Petitions, but confirms via email she is planning to file "pretty soon."

The office of East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster recommends that anyone interested in running for City Council should review the filing requirements. Candidates interested in running for City Council must also complete the State of Michigan’s Affidavit of Identity form.

In addition, prospective City Council Candidates are required to submit a Nominating Petition form to the City Clerk’s Office with a minimum of fifty signatures from registered East Lansing voters. The maximum number of signatures that can be submitted is one hundred.

The Affidavit of Identity and Nominating Petitions must both be filed with the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM.

There is no fee associated with filing to run for East Lansing City Council, and the City Clerk’s office has paper forms available. The City Clerk’s office hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM week days, and the office number is (517) 319-6914. Additional details are available here

In addition to the City of East Lansing’s filing requirements, the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) requires that all who meet the definition of a “candidate” must register a committee with their filing official and abide by the disclosure requirements. Local committees can register using this form. The filing official for the East Lansing City Council election is the Ingham County Clerk’s Office.

The Michigan Bureau of Elections offers a Getting Started as a Candidate Document to assist new candidates, as well as a Candidate Committee Manual.

State law also requires that all candidates file all disclosure documentation within their county of primary residence. For East Lansing City Council candidates, this would be the Ingham County Clerk’s Office.

Additionally, under the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA), all local candidates are required to fill out the Statement of Organization form and return it to the County Clerk’s office.

The Ingham County Clerk’s Office is providing in-depth training on the MCFA for filers on March 27, 2019, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Interested attendees must RSVP using this form. This training is not required for prospective candidates to file with Ingham County Clerk’s Office, but it is highly encouraged. Information covered will include documentation, fees, deadlines, and common mistakes.

Questions related to the Michigan Campaign Finance Act may be directed to the Ingham County Clerk’s Office or the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections.

The East Lansing City Clerk’s Office is located in East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road, Room 100, East Lansing, MI 48823.

Correction: This article was updated to say that Mayor Meadows and Mayor Pro Tem Altmann have taken out Nominating Petitions, but have not yet returned them to the Clerk's office. We have also corrected the phone number for the City Clerk's office.

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