Three incumbents, one challenger in the eye of the Lansing Board of Directors | Government and politics



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John J. Watkins, File, The Times

LANSING – Three acting trustees and one challenger are fighting for three seats on the Lansing village council in next week’s general election.

Patty Eidam and Vivian Payne, the incumbent mayor and the incumbent employee, are in their re-election offers without objection.

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The early voting for Tuesday’s elections is underway. The nearest early voting location is the Calumet City Public Library, 660 Manistee Ave., in Calumet City. The remaining early voting hours are: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday.

Incumbents seeking re-election are Dr. Maureen Grady-Perovich, who is running as an independent candidate, and Brian Hardy and Lionel (Leo) Valencia, who are running on the Village Voice Party’s list. The fourth candidate is Micaela Smith from the Village Voice Party.

Grady-Perovich, 62, is a professor of nursing and has several nursing degrees, including a doctorate.

Her priorities for a second term include further adjusting CDC guidelines for safe COVID-19 practices across the village, monitoring budget issues, working on an update to the Business License Ordinance, and working with various stakeholders to make Lansing a wonderful one Place to promote living, working and playing.

Hardy, 61, has owned a Lansing company, Chicago’s Finest Ironworks, for 33 years. Before being elected trustee in 2017, he was chairman of the village’s planning and zoning committee from 2012 to 2017. He is a past President of the Lansing Chamber of Commerce and is currently President of the Lansing Copper Muggers.

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