This Morning: Lansing, Jackson, Meridian Twp. Primary Election Preview

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Lansing, Jackson, and Meridian Township residents will be casting ballots on several community issues on Tuesday, August 6th beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Five people are running for the Lansing City Council at Large. Candidates include incumbents Carol Wood and Patricia Spitzley. Yanice Jackson-Long, Terry Eagle and Julee M. Rodocker are running against them.

Additionally, Ward 1 Lansing City Council has an incumbent competing against four candidates for the position.

Incumbent Jody Washington who wants to work on building a mental health task force, Brandon Betz is an economist, Scott Hughes with the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office would like to expand the Lansing Promise Program, lifelong Lansing resident James Pyle, and Farhan Sheikh-Omar who is an assistant teacher for the Ingham Intermediate School District.

Meridian Township residents will decide if they want to pay more to fix local roads.

This would increase property taxes for a $300,000 market value home by about $250 a year for ten years.

“The voters in Meridian Township will decide whether they want to spend $35 million over the next ten years to fix 147 miles of roads in Meridian Township, all local roads,” says Township Manager, Frank Walsh.

Meridian Township residents will also decide on renewing a Redi-Ride millage that funds expanded services through CATA.

A previous millage was approved in 1999 then officials reduced it in 2017 and now are asking to renew it at the reduced rate.

Napoleon Township is trying for a police and fire millage. 1 mill would go to the police department and 1.25 mills would go to the fire department. The millage would provide more than a combined $500,000 to the departments in its first year.

In Jackson, three candidates are racing for City Mayor. Only two will move forward to battle it out after today.

Candidates include council member, Jeromy Alexander, Resident, Cindy Eby, and current Mayor Derek Dobies.

“I think I’ve done good work, you know, listening, hearing people’s problems that they face, that they want to see fixed as a community, and then providing the leadership on council, working with my colleagues to actually address some of those issues,” says Dobies.

Absentee ballots must be returned to the clerk by 8:00 p.m.

Click here to find out if you’re registered or where your polling location is.

6 News will have election results after the polls close at 8:00 p.m.

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