ELi Brings You New Elections Feature

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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.).

Draheim Running for EL City Council

Monday, August 17, 2015

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.

ASK ELi: How Will This Council Election Work?

Friday, July 31, 2015

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.)

Council Candidates Now Known

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris and Council member Kathy Boyle are not running for re-election to East Lansing's City Council.

Assuming none pulls out of the race, the following seven people will be running for the three open spots on East Lansing City Council on November 3, 2015:

  • Erik Altmann
  • Shanna Draheim
  • Mark S. Meadows
  • Steve Ross
  • Jermaine Ruffin
  • Nathan Triplett (running for re-election to Council)



Thursday, July 9, 2015

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.

ASK ELi: Who Funded Diane Goddeeris' Campaign?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Image: Courtesy City of East Lansing

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.

Campaign Disclosures Reveal Donations by Companies with Business before Council

Friday, July 3, 2015

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.”

ASK ELi: Who Funded Susan Woods' Campaign?

Friday, June 5, 2015

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.

City Charter Amendments Both Pass

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

East Lansing's results are now in from City Clerk Marie Wicks, and both City Charter amendments have passed. The results have not been certified, but we have unofficial counts from Wicks.

The Charter amendment on marijuana had 3,079 votes in favor, 1653 votes against, coming to 65% in favor and 35% against.

The Charter amendment on public land sales had 2,458 votes in favor, 2241 votes against, coming to 52.3% in favor and 47.7% against.

This figures include absentee votes but are not yet official.

YOUR ELi: A Voter Guide for the Marijuana Charter Amendment

Saturday, May 2, 2015

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.

YOUR ELi: A Voter Guide for the Land Sale Charter Amendment

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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.

Mayor Triplett Running for Re-election

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mayor Triplett Running for Re-Election

Ann Nichols

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.


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