Incumbents file for City Council seats
Four of the five members of the Lansing City Council whose seats are up for election in the spring have announced their intent to seek re-election.
Mayor Kenneth Bernard, who is beginning his 22nd year on the council, has paid the $10 filing fee and will seek re-election.
"I enjoy the challenge," said Bernard, a retired Army major who has been a member of the council since 1981 with the exception of a two-year hiatus he took from 1991 to 1993.
Also already filing is Billy Blackwell, who represents Ward 3 on the council. Blackwell, a retired military officer and now a military analyst with a private contractor at Fort Leavenworth, was first elected in 2003. He filed for re-election by petition.
Two other members, David Trinkle Jr., representing Ward 1, and Don Studnicka, of Ward 2, say they will file by petition before the filing deadline.
"I just haven't had a chance to get the paperwork," said Trinkle, who was first appointed to the council in 2000 and then won election in 2001.
Studnicka, who also is the council president, is seeking his third term. The retired Army lieutenant colonel was first elected in 1997.
Kenneth Ketchum, Ward 4 council member, recently underwent surgery and could not be reached for comment about his re-election intentions. He first served on the council from 1983 to 1998 and most recently has been on the council since 2001.
Council members whose seats are not up for re-election until 2007 are Dee Hininger, Ward 1; Andi Pawlowski, Ward 2; Robert Ulin, Ward 3; and Harland Russell, Ward 4.
Karen Logan, city clerk, said residents wanting to file for a seat on the council must do so in her office by the noon Jan. 25 deadline.
If three or more candidates file in any of the four wards or for the mayor's post, a primary election will be conducted March 1. The general election is April 5.