Archive for Friday, January 7, 2005

Longtime council member to seek re-election

January 7, 2005, 11:44 a.m.

Updated: January 10, 2005, 10:13 a.m.

A longtime member of the Lansing City Council will seek re-election in April.

Kenneth Ketchum, who has been on the council for 20 years, filed papers last week seeking re-election to his Ward 4 seat.

"I've got 20 years on here," Ketchum said, "I'll go for four more."

Ketchum spent 22 years in the U.S. Air Force and upon retirement began working for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. He retired from it in 1989.

With Ketchum's filing, all five council members up for election this year have announced their intention to seek re-election.

Kenneth Bernard, who has served as mayor 20 years, is seeking re-election. Thus far, no challengers have emerged.

Other council members who have filed for or have indicated they would seek re-election are: David Trinkle Jr., Ward 1; council president Don Studnicka, Ward 2; and Billy Blackwell, Ward 3.

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.

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