Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth stands next to Scott Wriggelsworth at a post-election event at the United Association of Union Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinkler fitters & Service Techs Local 333 in Lansing

Wriggelsworth succeeds father as Ingham County sheriff

East Lansing Police Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth leads Eric Trojanowicz in the race to be Ingham County sheriff. With 96.61 percent of precincts reporting, Wriggelsworth led 57.7 percent to 42.06 percent. Wriggelsworth is the son of Gene Wriggelsworth, who is retiring this year after serving as sheriff for 28 years. The younger Wriggelsworth was promoted to lieutenant in the East Lansing Police Department in 2012 and currently serves in administration. “I’m excited about being an ambassador in our community— trying to rebuild that trust of local law enforcement— and learning, professionally and personally, the men and women that work there, and imploring them that they should think big,” Scott Wriggelsworth said. “In 2016, we have to police our community differently than we did 23 years ago when I started.

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Ingham County Sheriff’s race pits 2 change candidates

Both Republican candidate Eric Trojanowicz, a retired captain from the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, and Democratic candidate Scott Wriggelsworth, a lieutenant with the East Lansing Police department, say they are the change the Ingham County Sheriff Department needs.

Sanders rally sparks minimum wage discussion

Sen. Bernie Sanders held a campaign rally on Michigan State University’s Adams Field to gather support for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and to address several key issues. Raising the minimum wage was among these issues. Rally attendees were largely in support of raising the minimum wage. In Michigan, the current minimum wage is $8.50 per hour. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

Everybody has an opinion — and a poll

Seated next to the window with his steaming cup of coffee and copy of The New York Times, Jim Cunningham — a sculptor and retired MSU faculty member — explains his interest in political polls. He smiles slightly, as he says his desire to understand society is what drives him to pay attention to the polling. “I want to understand how society is putting forward the people they’re putting forward in this election,” Cunningham said. “The polls are a reflection of the society around me, and I want to understand that society.”

Political polls can be an important source of information regarding voter trends, beyond who is expected to win the election, said Matt Grossman, director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at MSU. “Surveys are beneficial for learning about the electorate, but we often don’t take full advantage of what they have to tell us,” Grossman said.

Transportation engineer of AECOM Sean Kelsch addresses the crowd during the CATA Bus Rapid Transit presentation on Oct. 4, 2016 at Allen Neighborhood Center at 1611 E. Kalamazoo St. in Lansing, Mich.

Lansing, East Lansing, Meridian review CATA’s rapid transit plan

Capital Area Transportation Authority held three meetings to present modifications of its Bus Rapid Transport project to the public during the first week of October. The ideas are in response to community input at meetings in August. “The purpose of these meetings is for us to respond to the public. They raised a number of concerns with the current design, and said ‘we don’t like the way it is currently designed,’” CATA Assistant Executive Director Debbie Alexander said. “So we came back with some preliminary thinking to address those concerns.”

Current plan
The current BRT plan runs from the capital to Meijer and the Meridian Mall in Okemos.