We’ve heard loud and clear from our readers that you want ELi to continue to be a reliable, nonpartisan source of information about local elections and local political campaigns. If you’ve been with us for the last two election cycles, you know we’ve been doing regular reporting for you on issues like the parking lot sale ballot question, the marijuana charter amendment, and the land sale charter amendment, as well as on political campaigns (who is behind them, who finances them, candidate positions, etc.).
In our continuing series introducing the candidates for City Council, our next candidate is Shanna Draheim. Draheim first lived here as an MSU student, and is now a homeowner living with her husband and three children.
A reader asks: How will this year’s City Council election work on Tuesday, November 3?
The basics: The East Lansing City Council has five members in total. Each serves for a four-year term.
The terms of three Councilmembers are ending in November: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmember Kathy Boyle. (Boyle will not have served a full four years because she was chosen by Council to replace Don Power when he resigned shortly into his term.)
Image: East Lansing City Council’s first of two meetings this week
This Tuesday, there were two Council meetings, one “work session” and a “regular session.” This Council Capsule combines the two.
Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Kathy Woods were present, with Beier arriving about ten minutes late to the work session. Councilmember Susan Woods was absent from both meetings.
The question this week: Who funded Diane Goddeeris’ last campaign for City Council?
The quick answer: Nobody. Goddeeris raised no money and spent no money on her last campaign (for November 2011). If you want to see a direct comparison of the campaign financing for all five of our current City Council members, click here.
Image: Nathan Triplett and Susan Woods during the Council debate last November on campaign donation disclosure
As ELi previously reported as part of our regular, in-depth City Council coverage for our readers, last November the current City Council debated “how, if at all, it should work to make sure East Lansing citizens know from whom Councilmembers have taken campaign contributions.”
Image of Susan Woods is courtesy City of East Lansing
A reader asks: Who funded Susan Woods’ campaign?
Some background: The reader who asked this question did so because he was frustrated with Susan Woods’ voting record on major redevelopment projects that have come before City Council since she was elected on November 4, 2013. A resident of the Bailey neighborhood and the Director of the East Lansing Film Festival, Woods has consistently voted in support of developers.
This Tuesday, May 5, registered voters in East Lansing can vote on two possible amendments to the City Charter. Last week we provided voters information on the land sale charter amendment. This week we bring you information on the charter amendment regarding marijuana, specifically in terms of what it might mean legally in East Lansing.
This Tuesday, May 5, registered voters in East Lansing can vote on two possible amendments to the City Charter, one on the sales of public lands, the other on marijuana enforcement. Below we provide information that may help you decide how to vote on the land sale charter amendement. Click here for information on the charter amendment regarding marijuana.
East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett has announced his re-election campaign for East Lansing City Council. Triplett did not respond to an interview request from a student reporter for this piece and did not speak to me on the record, so I have based it on information taken from his campaign materials.