By Jessica Steeley
Entirely East Lansing
Two candidates are running to represent East Lansing as House Representative from Michigan 69th District.
Sam Singh, the Democratic incumbent, is being challenged by Republican Frank Lambert.
Singh former mayor of East Lansing, said he was “very honored to be elected” to the 69th District back in 2012. “It’s a great district to represent,” said Singh.
Singh said that when he started in the position, he focused on investment strategy and increasing funds for higher education. He said he is running for re-election because “the work isn’t done.”
Singh’s campaign treasurer, H. Lynn Jondahl, said that Singh initially set out with a clear agenda focused on the environment, education and the economic development of Michigan.
“He brought these concerns to the attention of his colleagues in the Michigan Legislature,” said Jondahl.
Singh said he would like to allocate more funding to higher education, as well as K-12, and infrastructure, such as improving Michigan’s roads.
Jondahl, who has been working with Singh since the 2012 election campaign, said “It’s been a delightful experience to work with him over the years.” Jondahl said that he has been a personal, as well as political, friend of Singh’s over the years, since they first met when Singh was an undergraduate student.
He said his job can be frustrating at times, such as, when people don’t want to invest in the same things, but he uses data and facts to more aggressively show people why they should invest in such things as higher education.
“I want to invest in economic development in a smart and economic way,” said Singh.
“I keep getting feedback from people,” said Jondahl. “People appreciate that he’s been working hard and effectively,” he said.
Frank Lambert did not respond to several requests for an interview or comments.