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5 candidates face off in the Lansing mayoral primary Tuesday

steve carmody
Michigan Radio
Lansing city hall (file photo)

Lansing voters will take a step toward electing a new mayor August 8th. 

On Tuesday, Lansing will hold a mayoral primary election which for the first time in a dozen years will not feature Virg Bernero on the ballot.

Bernero’s decision not to run for re-election this year opened the door to five candidates seeking Lansing’s mayor’s office.

Lansing’s mayoral primary is a political battle featuring a current state lawmaker, an Olympic medalist, a former city councilman, a Trump supporting retiree and the son of a prominent medical marijuana shop owner.

Andy Schoris looking to move his office from the state capitol to city hall across the street.  

Former Olympian Judi Brown-Clarke already works at city hall.   She’s been a Lansing city council member since 2013.

Harold Leeman Jr. is a former city council member.  He was also charged with embezzlement earlier this year. 

Daniel Trevino is another Lansing mayoral candidate with legal issues. The 20-year-old son of a medical marijuana shop owner was charged earlier this year with felony assault.

And then there’s Michael Joseph Gillenkirk.   He’s a retiree who’s previously worked for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the state Republican Party.

The primary’s top two vote recipients will square off in November’s general election.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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