Democrats dominate Ingham County Board of Commissioners. Why?

By Griffin Wasik
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

Eleven out of 14 members on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners belong to the Democratic Party. And Democrats control all countywide elected offices as well, Democrat Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum of Onondaga said. “There are six countywide elected officials for Ingham County and they are all Democrats. Then there are the 14 commissioners that represent portions of the county,” only three of which are Republicans. That’s no surprise, given the county’s demographics.

Ingham County claims Michigan's first gay marriage

UPDATE: The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Saturday ordered a stay until Wednesday of Friday’s ruling that upended Michigan’s ban on gay marriage

Ingham County Chronicle staff

Ingham Clerk Barb Byrum wasted no time this morning and neither did Lansing newlyweds Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar. At 7:58 a.m., Byrum tweeted, “Marsha & Glenna have been together for 26 years and are getting married RIGHT NOW!!” A Friday afternoon decision by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan’s 2004 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, opening the door for gays and lesbians to marry in Michigan. Byrum was tweeting through the night and up early in what became a race to perform Michigan’s first gay marriage. On Thursday, the day before Friedman’s ruling, she had tweeted on @BarbByrum, “Ingham County resident interested in getting married?”