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Schor, Dunbar Win Lansing Mayoral Primary; Five Advance In City Council Election

From left, Andy Schor and Kathie Dunbar
From left, Andy Schor and Kathie Dunbar

City Council Member Kathie Dunbar will challenge incumbent Andy Schor in November for a four-year term as Lansing Mayor.

Schor was the top vote-getter with 6,191 votes, close to 49% of the total votes cast in the nonpartisan race, according to an unofficial tally posted Tuesday night with all precincts reporting.

Schor says he's confident he can hang onto his seat.

“We're going to continue to grow the city and we're going to get through crises like COVID and come through stronger," he said.

Dunbar came in second with 2,561 votes, edging out fellow City Council Member Patricia Spitzley, who got 2,067 votes, according to unofficial results. Farhan Sheik-Omar, Melissa Huber and Larry Hutchinson, Jr. also lost during the primary.

Spitzley thanked her supporters Tuesday night and said she is conceding.

"I've always supported the political process," Spitzley said.

Dunbar did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday night.

Virg Bernero, Lansing's mayor from 2006 through 2017, dropped out of the 2021 mayoral race this spring in response to multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

In the at-large City Council race, four contenders — Peter Spadafore, Jeffrey Brown, Rachel R. Willis and Claretta Duckett-Freeman — have advanced beyond the primary. They're competing citywide for two seats.

In southeast Lansing, incumbent Jeremy Garza and Oprah Revish will face off in November for a second ward City Council seat.

Linda D. Appling, Grant M. Blood II, Linda Keefe and D. Taft got knocked out of the at-large race. Nicklas Zande failed to advance in the second ward after netting too few votes in Tuesday's primary.

Elvin Caldwell will challenge incumbent Brian T. Jackson in November for a fourth ward seat representing northwest Lansing; that race did not appear on the August ballot because they were only two candidates.

Barring a write-in contender, City Clerk Chris Swope is running unopposed in November.

Results are unofficial until they're certified by the Board of Canvassers in coming days.

City of Lansing Mayor (Vote for 1)
Precincts Reported: 34 of 34 (100%)

Kathie Dunbar2,561
Melissa Huber537
Larry James Hutchinson Jr. 211
Andy Schor 6,191
Farhan Sheikh-Omar1,074
Patricia Spitzley2,067
Total Votes12,641

City of Lansing At-Large City Council Member (Vote for 2)
Precincts Reported: 34 of 34 (100%)

Linda D. Appling1,868
Grant M. Blood II897
Jeffrey Brown3,633
Claretta Duckett-Freeman2,848
Linda Keefe2,103
Peter Spadafore6,187
D. Taft501
Rachel R. Willis2,999
Total Votes21,036

City of Lansing Ward 2 City Council Member (Vote for 1)
Precincts Reported: 9 of 9 (100%)

Jeremy A. Garza1,875
Oprah Revish710
Nicklas Zande258
Total Votes2,843
Sarah Lehr is a politics and civics reporter for WKAR News.
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