City Council

Voter Information, Including Campaign Finance Analyses

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The ELi team has been working hard to bring you thorough coverage of the East Lansing City Council race. Here’s a roundup:

The basics of this election:

The East Lansing City Council has five members in total. Each serves for a four-year term. Three seats are up for grabs in this election, and six people are running. On the first day the new City Council meets, a mayor and mayor pro tem will be elected from among the five by the five.


ASK ELi: Are the Chamber's Mailers Legal?

Friday, October 30, 2015


A reader asks, "Why are candidate Shanna Draheim's last two campaign mailers paid for by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce instead of by her campaign committee? Is this a campaign violation?”

Business Group Spends Thousands Promoting Draheim; Draheim Reacts

Friday, October 30, 2015

Image: A montage of the latest Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce ads for the East Lansing City Council race

East Lansing residents checking their mailboxes yesterday discovered a new round of glossy campaign mailings from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, including another attacking Council candidate Erik Altmann, and three promoting candidate Shanna Draheim.

Attack Ad Fallout Continues

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Above: Candidates for City Council Erik Altmann, Nathan Tripeltt, and Mark Meadows.

Whether the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s attack ad on East Lansing City Council candidate Erik Altmann will affect the outcome of next Tuesday’s election is difficult to gauge. But what is clear is that the ad has caused a great deal of controversy.

Business Group Launches Attack on Candidate Altmann

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Above: Steve Japinga, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Government Relations, and an image from the new mailer.

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched an attack ad on City Council candidate Erik Altmann, declaring Altmann “wrong for East Lansing.”

Explaining East Lansing's Retiree-Related Debt

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Introductory note:  Two days ago, we published an article about a new analysis of East Lansing’s ballooning retiree-related debt and on a related campaign controversy. In response to that, we’ve been getting lots of questions about the City’s retiree-related debt.

Council Capsule: October 20, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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ASK ELi: How Are TIF Proposals Managed in East Lansing

Friday, October 16, 2015

Photo: Recent groundbreaking ceremony for the project now called “300 Grand,” formerly known as “The Gateway.” In the photo, members of the DDA/BRA, which approved a $1.9 million TIF for this project, include DTN’s Colin Cronin (third from left) and Mayor Nathan Triplett (second from right).