Political science junior Aaron Stephens announced via press release Friday he is running for East Lansing City Council.
“I’ve lived here for three years now, this community has welcomed me and given me so many opportunities to be involved and I just want to be part of our continuing efforts to make this a welcoming, prosperous and progressive city,” Stephens said. “I knew from the instant I stepped foot in this city, I was where I was going to be here even after I graduated.”
East Lansing City Clerk Marie Wicks said Stephens has not taken out a nominating petition for the November 2017 election though Scott Hirko and two current councilmembers, Ruth Beier and Susan Woods have taken out a nominating petition.
A nominating petition requires potential candidates to receive 50 signatures from registered East Lansing voters in order to have their name placed on the ballot. The petition has to be returned by July 25 at 4 p.m.
Stephens said he believes he will bring a student perspective to the council if he is elected.
“I am a student and I can provide that student perspective and I think that it is important,” Stephens said. “I think that the relationship between permanent residents and students, there is definitely divide between the city and university, and I hope to try to bridge that gap a little bit.”
However, Stephens said he also thinks it is important to represent the whole community.
“Even though I am a student, that still means I am representing every single member of this community as well, every single permanent resident,” Stephens said. “Their voice is going to be quintessential to my campaign. I’m not just going to be doing it from the student perspective, you have to listen to every single angle.”
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