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 that words are powerful, and communication is important.
And thank you for your encouragement, prayers, questions, advice, and conversation throughout this journey—online and face-to-face. No matter what the outcome of Lansing’s April 4 election is, I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this adventure. And I’m grateful to you for sharing it with me.
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and returned here after earning a BA in English from Calvin College (Michigan). She began her political advocacy when her neighbors expressed frustration with the condition of their road. Over the next three years, meetings with the Mayor, various Trustees, and Village Department Heads informed her vision for effective government. Her reputation for integrity, and her commitment to community and diversity helped earn an endorsement from Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli. She is running as an Independent candidate for Village Trustee.