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East Lansing candidates anticipate results as voters head to the polls

November 5, 2019
People vote in the East Lansing City Council Election at Hannah Community Center on Nov. 5, 2019.
People vote in the East Lansing City Council Election at Hannah Community Center on Nov. 5, 2019. —
Photo by Sylvia Jarrus | The State News

As six East Lansing City Council candidates vie for three seats, they weighed in on their predictions about the results and their thoughts about their campaigns.

Incumbent and mayor Mark Meadows said that his campaign work is done and he remains hopeful.

"It is what it is and you just hope that you get enough work to convince people to cast a vote for you and hopefully that’s what happens this evening," Meadows said.

Erik Altmann
is the incumbent Mayor Pro Tem for East Lansing and an MSU professor of psychology.

"I did the work, I've been canvassing for five months, I've talked to 1,800 people at their front doors and I think that people know my record and they know what I want to do," Altmann said. "I am comfortable with the voters' decision at this point."

Jessy Gregg served as the Vice-chairman for the Ingham County Parks and Recreation commission and worked as a reporter for East Lansing Info and is optimistic as well.

"I’ve been getting good reactions from people around town. It was kinda fun dropping my kids off at school this morning because a lot of little second and third graders gave me hugs and told me that their mom or dad voted for me, which is delightful," Gregg said. "I’ve done everything I can do and now we’re just going to wait."

Warren Stanfield III is a pre-law and political science student at Michigan State and said he accepts whatever the results bring. Stanfield also worked at the state senate while attending MSU classes.

"I would often times be so busy with schoolwork or my job that I would forget I was campaigning ... I don't think I got in the house with nothing to do before 9:30," Stanfield said. "I feel like worst case scenario, it’ll be a good line on my law school college application."

Lisa Babcock is an attorney, and former East Lansing Info reporter. Babcock said she believes her platform resonated with voters.

“I'm feeling hopeful. I've met people all over East Lansing who want more transparency and better government from city hall," Babcock said.

John Revitte was the Parks and Recreation Commissioner for East Lansing for seven years as well as a Professor Emeritus for MSU. He considers himself a friend of Stanfield's but also criticized his campaign.

"I don’t think I’ll come in last. Only because Warren didn’t run much of a campaign. He and I got to be kind of friends. We had a professor-student relationship ... I could come in first, second, fourth or fifth," Revitte said.

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