By Erin Hampton
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
After the vigorous campaigning for the Nov. 5 East Lansing City Council election, winners Ruth Beier, Susan W. Woods and Kathleen Boyle are relieved to be finished with campaigning and ready to get to work.
Kathleen Boyle after her win.
Boyle, winner of the partial-term seat to complete a full 4-year term, said that winning the election was a good feeling, especially after all of the campaigning it took to get there.
“I was just really pleased it was over,” joked Boyle. “It was a tremendous amount of work.”
Boyle said that her campaigning tactic was to go door-to-door to get supporters.
“The people of East Lansing are very inviting, even when you come to their homes as a total stranger,” said Boyle.
She said that she didn’t target any particular kind of voter to gain her support.
“I didn’t pick out old, young, home owners or any particular kind of group,” said Boyle.
She also sent out emails and attended neighborhood functions to gain support and learn more about what East Lansing needed.
“I try to understand as much as I can and read written material, listen to comments at city council meetings, questions, emails…that’s my promise.”
She added that she is excited to work with Beier, Woods and the rest of the council to collectively improve East Lansing.
“I am looking forward to moving forward,” said Boyle
Susan Woods, 4-year-term seat winner, said that campaigning was a lot of work but attributed her success to having good managers and supporters who had done it before.
“People I worked with were politicians and former mayors,” said Woods. “I was very fortunate to have a campaign manager who was savvy in these kinds of things.”
Woods also said she is looking forward to working together as a council to execute ideas for the city. She said this aspect of the job will be one of the most challenging parts of working on the council.