Council Candidate Forum Draws Large, Engaged Crowd

Thursday, October 1, 2015

From left to right: Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, Mark Meadows, Steve Ross, Jermaine Ruffin and Nathan Triplett

It was a full house for last night’s City Council Candidate Forum at the Hannah Community Center. The event was organized by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of the Lansing Area, and moderated by LWV member Camilla Davis, of Dewitt.

UPDATE: Four Council Candidates Do Early Finance Disclosure

Monday, August 31, 2015

Note: This article was corrected on September 1, 7:45 am, because Steve Ross's press release and statements to me by phone during our interview misrepresented Shanna Draheim as having specifically committed to his particular plan. While Draheim has decided to do early disclosure, she has not specifically agreed to the plan proposed by Ross because of the grassroots nature of her campaign, as noted in her statement below.

City Council Candidate Profile: Jermaine Ruffin

Monday, August 24, 2015

East Lansing City Council candidate Jermaine Ruffin has been a resident of East Lansing for over a decade and is a graduate of MSU. Married with three children, Ruffin works as a Placemaking Project Specialist with the State of Michigan with a focus on assisting communities statewide with promoting and leveraging their unique attributes to retain and attract residents.

City Council Candidate Profile: Mark Meadows

Thursday, August 20, 2015

City Council candidate Mark Meadows is familiar to many East Lansing residents due to his years of public service.

Meadows began his career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Michigan Attorney General's office. During this time, he worked on cases where he represented the Departments of Social Services, Mental Health, Natural Resources and the State Police. He also served in the Environmental Protection Division.

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.”


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