East Lansing City Council

Dana Watson, Aaron Stephens and Ron Bacon photo
Courtesy photo / City of East Lansing

Earlier this summer, two members of the East Lansing city council abruptly resigned during a meeting, when they lost a 3-to-2 vote to terminate the city attorney’s contract. The application process that followed resulted in two historic appointments for the city, marking the first time people of color comprised a majority on the council.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talked with Dana Watson and Ron Bacon about joining the council.

East Lansing city hall sign photo
WKAR file photo

The East Lansing City Council has selected its two newest members.  This follows the resignation of two council members, including the mayor, in July.

 


The East Lansing city council has laid out a schedule for filling two vacancies created by resignations last week. Ruth Beier and Mark Meadows resigned during last week’s council meeting after a 3-to-2 vote to oust city attorney Tom Yeadon.

woman smiling
Courtesy / City of East Lansing

East Lansing has a new mayor.  The city council unanimously selected fellow member Ruth Beier for the city’s top post. 

 


Newcomers made the biggest gains on both the Lansing and East Lansing City Council's with Brandon Betz ousting incumbent Jody Washington. And, Lisa Babcock and Jessy Gregg knocking off Eric Altmann in East Lansing.
Amanda Pinckney, WKAR

Two incumbents were ousted from the Lansing and East Lansing City Councils in Tuesday’s election. The upsets were part of a trend of progressive and anti-establishment newcomers, unseating well-financed and widely recognized incumbents. WKAR’s Abigail Censky talked to Lansing State Journal Reporter Sarah Lehr about the results. Below are highlights of their conversation. 


Paul Junge claws his way out of a four-way Republican primary to face Rep. Elissa Slotkin, Peter Meijer wins the Republican primary for Justin Amash's seat and Rashida Tlaib holds onto the 13th Congressional District defeating Brenda Jones in the primary
Photo: WKAR

Local elections happened all across Mid-Michigan Tuesday. For many Michigan voters this was the first election it was possible to vote no-reason absentee, or register on the same day after Proposal 3 was passed in the 2018 midterms. 

This post will be updated as the results come in. Below are the results for races across Ingham, Eaton and Jackson Counties.

Lansing skyline
WKAR File Photo

The City of Lansing began several new development projects this year including the Red Cedar Development, linking Lansing to East Lansing, and a mixed use space near the Cooley Law school stadium. Combined both projects are valued at over $300 million. As the flurry of new developments increases candidates running for city council are deciding what their elevator pitch of the city will be and who it will be addressing. 

Newcomers made the biggest gains on both the Lansing and East Lansing City Council's with Brandon Betz ousting incumbent Jody Washington. And, Lisa Babcock and Jessy Gregg knocking off Eric Altmann in East Lansing.
Amanda Pinckney, WKAR

East Lansing has a city income tax for the first time this year. It was passed by voters in 2018 after a previous iteration was defeated in a referendum several years before. Many of the candidates running for council this year support the income tax, but how much revenue the tax will net for the city remains largely unknown.


Over the past two years there's been 20 large scale development projects in East Lansing. This year's East Lansing City Council candidates, have differnt philosophies on how the development should be conducted.
Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR

There has been a surge in development in East Lansing over the last two years with 20 major projects that have dramatically changed the skyline of the city. The new structures, the majority of which being apartment complexes designed with students in mind, have brought with them more students.

The candidates running for this year’s city council election generally support the development. Candidates differ on how they want to go forward from the current breakneck pace. Where they differ is in how they want to move forward after such a rapid surge in development. 

Bird scooters
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR Public Media

Nearly a hundred Bird scooters were dropped off in East Lansing without the permission from the city's council earlier this month. 


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