Election Day is fast approaching; The 2021 general election will be held on Tuesday, November 2. Missing ballots will arrive in the mailbox in mid-September.
Get to know the candidates well before you choose to read or answer the various questions below.
Here are the candidates in their own words.
Shore, Dembar is the 2021 candidate for Lansing mayor
In the run-up to Lansing’s mayoral race, the top two candidates from August 3 will run for two vacant seats. They are the current mayor of Lansing, Andy Shore (in power), and Lansing City Councilwoman Kathy Dembar.
What did the candidates say on the subject of gun violence and unpaid debts and heritage costs in the city?
Andy Shore (existing) For the past three and a half years, I have proudly served as the Mayor of Lansing, Michigan. Before I became mayor, I graduated from the University of Michigan in Anne Arbor, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and history, which eventually led me to serve as county commissioner and state representative.
Kathy Denbar: I am the founder and CEO of the South Lansing Community Development Association, which is currently focusing on increasing access to healthy food in urban agriculture, free food warehouses and the South Lansing Farmers Market. I have proudly served as a Lansing City Council woman since 2005, drawing community views from under 20+ to inform policy decisions.
Campaign priorities and other goals
Shore: This community is my home, and over the past four years I have worked hard to invest in our area, to strengthen regional partnerships, to improve equity, to provide critical urban services, and to improve economic and community development. There is still work to be done, and I ask for your vote to continue to grow our city so everyone is proud to call Lansing home. Please visit my website at www.andyschor.com for more information.
Boundary: I enjoy creating this organizational culture of cooperation, transparency and trust in the municipality – including our relationships with workers, retirees and the community.
On race equality and treatment by city workers
Shore: Since I came to power, equality has been a priority in Lansing, which is why I have invested in our neighborhood focus program, supporting minorities and women’s businesses through the Lansing CARES program, providing financial support to vulnerable youth, and affordable housing in the city. Like Lansing, my administration is successful because of the diversity of its leadership and staff, and I have implemented racial and ethnic discrimination training in my administration to help ensure fair management of city administrations.
Boundary: The current culture in the city council cannot change as long as we understand, hold accountable, and take strong action to eliminate racial injustice. It starts with an independent, comprehensive DEI audit of all systems – external communications (web and social media content, music we play through street lights), internal communications (employee policies, training materials, departmental communications), programs (who is participating, who is missing) , And utilities (accessible and welcome to physical spaces) – and is committed to correcting the shortcomings of unfairly marginalized and underrepresented communities.
On unpaid debts and inheritance expenses
Shore: My administration has made significant changes to reduce unpaid debts – we have closed the retirement health care system, reduced mortgage rates and obligations, and combined plans to save $ 3 million a year. We will continue to work with our association, the Financial Health Team and other initiatives to reduce pension and pension health care obligations.
Boundary: According to a recent report by Boomershine Consulting Group, unpaid debts are much lower than in previous years and should be fully financed by 2041. Make tough decisions in the face of future shortcomings, but I will do so with full openness and cooperation with all parties involved.
With gun violence, killings are on the rise
Shore: Resolving gun violence requires a holistic approach, and the gun violence I have created is working on solutions to prevention and implementation. As the epidemic subsides, we will resume programs for our youth in parks and community centers, we will reactivate active police, fire and community activities, we will continue to obtain firearms from the streets through violent crime, and we will use all police resources to respond quickly and prevent situations from escalating into violence.
Boundary: Poverty and injustice are the main causes of crime, especially violent crime. , Youth development, etc. – reducing social and economic inequality, especially in socially marginalized communities. In addition to the pre-peace initiative, we need to examine hospital-based violence intervention programs that provide victims, friends and family with traumatic counseling and community resources.
On the financial support of the Police Department
Shore: The Lansing Police Department needs adequate financial support for guards (to speed up, respond quickly to 911 calls, etc.), investigations, efficient community services and other needs to address more than 85,000 calls and protect Lansing residents. “Returning the police” means providing sufficient resources for non-criminal needs, Lansing will provide assistance through drug abuse, homelessness or mental illness and, instead, through social workers, CMHs and housing and rehabilitation programs.
Boundary: I am a number one who evaluates investment and return, and I plan to manage finances where it is most likely to achieve its intended purpose. We do not provide financial support to our police department, we are doing this to improve public safety, and when there is a better way to reduce crime and increase public safety, I am willing to go in that direction. .
Criteria for the new police chief and fire chief
Shore: Accountability, strong leadership, effective communication, the need for diversity and commitment to our city are key to both positions. They must build trust and strong relationships with the leaders of our communities as they promote and protect those in Lansing.
Boundary: I was looking for successful candidates from different communities who would build trust and serve our community fairly and respectfully.
This story was compiled from a survey conducted by LSJ news assistants Sofia Lada and Jordan Nelson. If you have questions, contact LSJ-EAs@lsj.com or 517.377.1112.