The ELi team has been working hard to bring you thorough coverage of the East Lansing City Council race. Here’s a roundup:
The basics of this election:
The East Lansing City Council has five members in total. Each serves for a four-year term. Three seats are up for grabs in this election, and six people are running. On the first day the new City Council meets, a mayor and mayor pro tem will be elected from among the five by the five.
Image: A montage of the latest Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce ads for the East Lansing City Council race
East Lansing residents checking their mailboxes yesterday discovered a new round of glossy campaign mailings from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, including another attacking Council candidate Erik Altmann, and three promoting candidate Shanna Draheim.
Above: Candidates for City Council Erik Altmann, Nathan Tripeltt, and Mark Meadows.
Whether the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s attack ad on East Lansing City Council candidate Erik Altmann will affect the outcome of next Tuesday’s election is difficult to gauge. But what is clear is that the ad has caused a great deal of controversy.
Voters planning to cast ballots in next Tuesday's City Council race should be aware that some polling locations have recently changed.
Precinct 9 has been voting until now at the Bailey Community Center, but since that building is now closed, for this election Precinct 9 voters will cast ballots at Edgewood United Church, on Hagadorn Road.
Precinct 10 will also be voting at Edgewood United Church, as it normally does. City Clerk Marie Wicks says that there will be signage at Edgewood United to make sure voters know whether to line up for Precinct 9 or Precinct 10 voting.
Image: City Clerk Marie Wicks, courtesy City of East Lansing
The Office of the City Clerk will be open extra hours, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, October 31, for people who need absentee ballots for next Tuesday’s East Lansing City Council election. You can go in on Saturday to cast an absentee ballot if you cannot vote next Tuesday.
The Clerk’s office will also be open as usual this Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Above: Mayor Nathan Triplett and Councilmember Ruth Beier
Running for re-election to East Lansing's City Council, Mayor Nathan Triplett has been emphasizing success at reducing the City’s debt since he joined Council. In his most recent campaign letter, Triplett says, “During my time on Council, we’ve reduced our city’s debt by nearly 30%.”
This is an update on our report from roughly two weeks ago regarding campaign financing of the six people running for East Lansing’s City Council, because Campaign finance has become a perennial “ask” of ELi’s readers. If this work matters to you, please take a moment to donate to support our work.
With three East Lansing City Council members’ terms ending next month, only two sitting Councilmembers are certain to remain: Ruth Beier and Susan Woods. Asked by ELi this week who they are endorsing in the City Council race, the two split, with no overlap:
Susan Woods is endorsing Shanna Draheim, Jermaine Ruffin, and Nathan Triplett.
Ruth Beier is endorsing Erik Altmann, Mark Meadows, and Steve Ross.