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Election results

election resultsIt was a genuine honor to run as an Independent Trustee candidate, and though I was not elected, I have no regrets.

Among the six candidates vying for the three Trustee openings, the difference between the highest vote-getter and the lowest vote-getter was only 399. The greatest margin between any two consecutive vote-getters was 109; the smallest margin was 47. It was a close race.

I found it energizing throughout the campaign season to cast vision, brainstorm ideas, meet new people, and wrestle with possibilities. My disappointment with the election results does not diminish my enjoyment of the process.

But now, for the time being, I am looking forward to more “normal” ways of being involved in my community—with the addition of some new ideas that were sparked by people I met on the campaign trail.

Congratulations to those who were elected! You have challenging work ahead of you, and I am eager to learn from your example.


Before the craziness…

Before the craziness of next week, I just want to take a moment to express my thanks. Thank you for staying subscribed to this blog, even after I focused its purpose on local politics. Thank you for letting me use this platform to express my hopes and vision for my hometown. Thank you for affirming [read more...]

Community, History, Diversity, Opportunity—remarks from this week’s Candidates Forum

Our local library hosted a forum this week that gave Lansing residents an opportunity to see and hear from both Mayor candidates, both Clerk candidates, and all seven Trustee candidates. In preparation, we were all asked to be able to answer the question, "Why are you running for office?" I answered that question in my [read more...]

Community and Diversity: a transcript of my remarks

On Thursday, April 16, five Independent candidates combined forces to hold a "meet-and-greet" event at the Knights of Columbus banquet hall. An estimated 150–174 guests showed up to meet us and get a sense of the kind of people we are. Each candidate gave a short speech (3–6 minutes), and then we dispersed into the [read more...]

My political platform:
Issues, Ideas, and Ideals

One of the skills I can bring to the office of Village Trustee is listening. (This may not seem like much of a skill, but when was the last time you really felt listened to?) When I go around meeting people, I spend more time listening than talking. When I’m on social media, I do [read more...]


I don't have a lot on my resumé when it comes to community. I don't belong to any high-profile community organizations that you might see in the local newspaper. I've never organized a community event. There are no photos of me at a grand opening, or a volunteer recognition dinner, or a committee meeting. I [read more...]


As an Independent candidate for Village Trustee in my hometown this year, I'm advertising "Integrity" as one of my values. And I want people to understand what I mean when I make that claim. Most people appreciate that integrity has something to do with honesty or morality. That's true, but I also like the "engineering" [read more...]

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