Susan Woods says farewell to East Lansing City Council

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Susan Woods.

Photo courtesy of Louis Villafranca.

Susan Woods, East Lansing City Councilmember 2013-2017.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — After a tight race for two open positions on the East Lansing City Council, Susan Woods came up just short of being re-elected on Nov. 7, which ends her tenure.

Woods served the past four years as a council member, but was unable to beat Councilmember Ruth Beier and Michigan State senior Aaron Stephens. Beier finished first with 3,522 votes, Stephens in second with 3,031 and Woods in third with 2,695.

Woods said, “I had no ambition to be on the City Council. I was very raw and didn’t know much of anything. The first two years were contentious, but these last two have been an honor to work here. We have resolved so many issues that have been going on and on in this council.”

At the Nov. 8 City Council meeting, the day after the election, Woods held back tears and had nothing but positive remarks for her colleagues.

“I just love them all. They’ll put in that extra mile just to get it done. They want to work with our population to make this a safe and better place,” Woods said.

After Woods formally gave her final goodbyes to the council, other members acknowledged her. Beier, mayor pro tem, had nothing but good things to say about Woods. “I’ve really come to appreciate something about you that maybe other people don’t. I really appreciate that you say how you feel. That is the definition of someone who is not a politician,” Beier said.

Mayor Mark Meadows praised one of Woods’ most popular projects. “I’ve known you for a lengthy period of time. I’ve always enjoyed your commitment to the East Lansing Film Festival. This event is such a positive event, thanks to you,” Meadows said.