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What every Lansing mayoral candidate should know

July 21st, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

City Pulse – Gretchen Cochran – 7-20-05

I’ll admit I didn’t really care about local elections until I moved to Lansing proper. For those of you outside of “The Mitten” (as the lower peninsula is known) Lansing is often used to describe a large area of surrounding towns and villages. This is probably due to the fact that when you’re outside of Michigan it’s easiest to just say “I live in Lansing” because that’s one of the only towns most people have heard of.

I grew up in Lansing, but not IN Lansing. My family lived in Haslett, a small and old town about 15 minutes away from Lansing-proper by car.

Back to the point!

The last mayoral election in Lansing was very, VERY close (approximately 200 – 300 votes made up the difference) so there is a lot of attention on it this year. Gretchen Cochran’s article covers several of the issues, but also talks about the issues that aren’t being addressed, including abuse rates and infant mortality in primarily black areas.

HEY LANSING POLITICOS: Our town is falling apart. I don’t claim to have the answers, but for this term please DO SOMETHING other than trying to maintain the status quo.

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