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Area elections yield few surprises

Lansing 1st ward city council candidate Jody Washington pensively awaits the election results. Washington defeated challenger Lynne Martinez for a seat on the council. Photo: Marites Woodbury/WKAR
Lansing 1st ward city council candidate Jody Washington pensively awaits the election results. Washington defeated challenger Lynne Martinez for a seat on the council. Photo: Marites Woodbury/WKAR

By WKAR Staff

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Lansing, MI – Voters in mid-Michigan returned some veterans to key public offices last night and backed some newcomers. Lansing residents also said yes to a tax increase for public safety services.

Lansing voters returned incumbents Carol Wood, Derrick Quinney and A'Lynne Robinson to the city council, and threw their support behind newcomer Jody Washington.

The Lansing school board race saw victories for education lobbyist Peter Spadafore, incumbent Nicole Armbruster and Rachel Lewis. In East Lansing, current city council member Nathan Triplett will return, as will mayor pro tem Diane Goddeeris. Don Power will join them on the board. Hillary Henderson will serve a four-year term on the East Lansing school board.

Lansing voters also approved a millage increase to fund police and fire services, reversing an earlier decision last May against it. Lansing residents gave the city permission to sell a portion of the former Red Cedar golf course for redevelopment. And in Meridian Township, voters easily approved a millage renewal to extend the so-called sinking fund to pay for renovations and repairs to buildings in the Okemos school district.

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