Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces Endorsements for Lansing City Council
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (LRC-PAC) has announced its Lansing City Council endorsements for the November 3, 2015 General Election.. Endorsed candidates are A’Lynne Boles (Third Ward), Patricia A. Spitzley (At-Large) and Shelley Davis Mielock (First Ward).
“We are convinced that the three candidates we have endorsed have the vision and the willingness to make tough decisions to help move Lansing forward,” said Josh Hovey, LRC-PAC board chair. “The City of Lansing has made significant progress in the past eight years and will have strong leadership on the City Council in the future with A’Lynne Boles, Patricia Spitzley and Shelley Davis Mielock.”
Among the challenges the City of Lansing continues to face is how to address the city’s long-term financial stability, which are issues being discussed by the city’s Financial Health Team. Among the most difficult challenges to overcome is the $600 million in unfunded healthcare and pension liabilities.
“The types of issues that have to be addressed in Lansing require leadership that is willing to collaborate not only with others in city hall but with business, government and other community leaders throughout the region,” said Steve Japinga, director government relations for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC). “These three candidates have demonstrated a desire to work with those of us who are committed to a regional approach to building a better community.
A’Lynne Boles has served eight years on the Lansing City Council, representing the city’s third ward. She has worked to facilitate business recruitment and retention in the southwest part of Lansing. Her top priorities going forward are to create long-term data driven budgeting, funding infrastructure improvements and seeking greater efficiencies through collaborative governance. She has a master’s in marketing and communication from Metropolitan State University and a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.
Patricia Spitzley is a life-long resident of the City of Lansing. She has a bachelor’s in science from Central Michigan University and a law degree from Michigan State University. She has served on the Lansing Parks and Recreation Board, and currently sits on the board of the Capital Region Airport Authority. Her top priorities on the City Council are jobs and economic development, strong and safe neighborhoods and working towards a sustainable budget.
Shelley Davis Mielock oversees marketing for a group of charter schools and has been a small business owner since 2008. She has been active in the Lansing community since 1996. She has served on the boards of the Junior League of Lansing, Child Abuse Prevention Services, McLaren Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation and The Firecracker Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baker College and a certificate in credit union management from University of Wisconsin. Her top three priorities on City Council are building on public/private partnerships, safe neighborhoods and policing and quality of life.
LRC-PAC is the non-partisan political action committee of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, representing 900 businesses in Lansing and over 1,100 businesses in the tri-county region. The objective of LRC-PAC is to endorse candidates committed to the principles of free enterprise, economic growth and a pro-business philosophy.