Lansing councilor Patrica Spitzley is running for mayor
LANSING, me. – After five years on Lansing City Council, Patricia Spitzley has decided to run for mayor. She said she could be a better equipped leader for the people of Lansing.
“I went to elementary school here, I went to high school here, and I went to Lansing Community College,” Spitzley said. “I’m Lansing, Michigan.”
Spitzely was President of the City Council and served as a general member. If elected, she will be the first woman and first black person to be sworn in as mayor.
“As an African American, I think it gives me a perspective that I lack on diversity issues,” Spitzley said.
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor was criticized last year for responding to calls by black activists on issues ranging from police abuse to helping black children in schools.
Spitzley said she hoped to address issues such as police brutality, urban racial inequality and inclusion, and financial issues immediately.
“We have financial problems in town,” said Spitzley. “We have city exams and they show how we handled people’s money. We have a current mayor who clearly was unwilling to deal with issues related to the previous mayor’s policies and procedures. “
Spitzley will face Schor, former Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, and Larry Hutchison Jr.
Spitzley has known Schor and Bernero for years and said their leadership style is most different from Schor’s.
“He lacks accountability and we need it, and I am ready to set an agenda for the city that provides that transparency and accountability,” she said.
The theme of Spitzley’s campaign is “Moving Forward Together,” and she said that is exactly what she intends to do.
“Our residents, our neighborhoods, our city governments, we have to do better, and we can do better under new leadership,” said Spitzley.