LANSING – As the Nov. 6 general election nears, political issues across the country have sprung up in all levels of government, including in the Lansing area, where a number of races will decide who will represent local area residents.
In Old Town, although there are no specific municipal elections, some state races are likely to affect business in the neighborhood; and the two candidates running for state representative of the 68th district are vying to represent the concerns of Old Town.
Democratic candidate Andy Schor said one thing he’s noticed that affects the area is the number of young people who are looking for an interesting place to live after graduating from college.
“One of the things I really have been pushing has been rebuilding the economy through talent attraction, and when you try and attract talent, you need places that work,” he said. “Old Town is a really good example of one of those places.”
Schor admitted, however, that he is not intimately familiar with issues facing Old Town, saying the neighborhood’s concerns are similar to other neighborhoods in Lansing.
Schor’s opponent, Republican Timothy Moede, said it would be important to discuss issues pertaining to Old Town with residents and voters before attempting to address them in the state House.
“I would not want to see the government just go in and do what it thinks needs to be done without consulting with those who would be directly affected,” he said.
Democrat Joan Bauer, the current state representative for the area, said the importance of higher education means the state government has to invest more in young people and find ways to foster growth.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero recently announced the creation of a financial health team to review the city’s finances, of which Old Town plays a part.
According to MLive, Bernero said sometimes government needs a push from the private sector — something Old Town has been improving, Moede said.
Moede said the neighborhood has already transformed into a viable place for people to live and work and is on a good path.
“I am greatly impressed by the turnaround the area has made because I remember what that area was like when it wasn’t so nice,” he said.
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