Stella Pohl runs through her backyard with her mother, Stephanie Pohl, on Oct. 5, 2016.

Splitting Time

With a rising cost of living and higher pressure to be ever-present, part-time work may be the new ideal for Michigan moms.

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.

Voters renew tax to support Potter Park Zoo

Ingham County voters leaned heavily toward renewing a property tax to support Potter Park Zoo. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, 77 percent of voters elected to renew a 0.41 mill tax to support the Lansing zoo. For the owner of a $200,000 home, this tax costs $41 a year. Because it is a renewal, residents’ taxes did not go up. Potter Park and the Potter Park Zoo have been a staple of the Lansing community for more than 100 years, since 1915. The park and zoo were under control of the city of Lansing until 2006, when the cost of maintaining the zoo became too big a burden for the city.

Cochran challenged by Clark 67th House seat

Democratic incumbent state Rep. Tom Cochran, D-Mason, faces challenger Republican  Leon Clark to represent the 67th District in the state House. With 60 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran leads Clark 56 percent to 44 percent. The 67th District spans much of southern Ingham County. Looking to win his third and final term in office, Cochran previously served on the Lansing Fire Department for over 29 years. Born and raised in Lansing, Cochran has been a mid-Michigan resident his entire life.

Potter Park Zoo millage goes miles for local elementary schoolers

National election scandals mean more people at the polls this year–and there’s one non-partisan item on the ballot that local elementary school teacher Sara Nemeth says you should look twice at. That’s the Potter Park Zoo Millage, which is up for renewal this year. Without the millage, zoo staff says they wouldn’t be able to do half of their operations. Gate prices alone don’t cut it for the accredited zoo. The millage would cost a person with a property value of $100,000 and a state taxable value of $50,000 around $20.50 per year.

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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.

Clinton and Trump Lansing Campaign Working to Swing Michigan voters

 

Zero point six miles separate the presidential campaign offices in Lansing, Michigan. But in terms of policy, the two cannot be on further apart on the political spectrum. The two offices have been busy phone banking and canvassing each day leading up to the election. “I let them know why I am interested in supporting Hillary,” said Rose Hunt, a volunteer for the Clinton campaign. “And then we find out whether or not they’re interesting in coming out to volunteer to do phone banking, telephoning calls.”