ASMSU hosts East Lansing City Council debate
The three candidates for East Lansing City Council took part in a debate hosted by the Associated Students of MSU Wednesday evening.
All three were in agreement that the consequences for MIPs need to be lesser, a step the city council is looking to take.
They also agreed the Park District Project needs to keep moving forward, and all three celebrated the fact that the blighted buildings will come down in October.
As the lawsuit against the city brought by The Country Mill for its exclusion from the farmer’s market moves forward, Beier emphasized that discrimination has no place in East Lansing.
“We don’t doubt that you’re allowed to be a bigot,” Beier said. “You’re allowed to say whatever you want.
“You can say it on Facebook, you can say ridiculous, horrible, hateful things. What we said is if you actually do discriminate in your business by not allowing same sex couples to marry on your farm, then we don’t want you in East Lansing.”
Woods and Stephens echoed the sentiment that discrimination is not welcome in East Lansing.
Protecting undocumented immigrants is something the city should do, with or without a sanctuary city label, the candidates agreed.
“What we’ve done is we’ve passed everything without the title,” Woods said.
The biggest issue facing MSU students, and all students, is debt, the candidates agreed.
“Students are paying a lot of money for a lot of things and I’m one of them,” Stephens said. “So obviously reducing costs is a huge thing.”
The city council election is Tuesday, Nov. 7, and voter registration ends Oct. 10.