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Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces Endorsements for Lansing City Council

Tuesday, June 6, 2017  
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The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (LRC-PAC) has announced its endorsements for Lansing City Council. The endorsed candidates are Peter Spadafore (At-Large) Kathie Dunbar (At-Large) and Tina Houghton (Second Ward).

“The challenges and opportunities facing Lansing requires leadership that is willing to collaborate with others in city hall along with regional stakeholders including business, municipal and community leaders,” said Tim Daman, President and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC). “These candidates have demonstrated a desire to work collaboratively with a regional approach to building a stronger community.”

Among the challenges the City of Lansing continues to face is long-term financial stability, which is being discussed by the city’s Financial Health Team. Among the most difficult challenges to overcome is the more than $600 million in unfunded healthcare and pension liabilities.

“The priorities of the Chamber, our members and residents are clear,” said Steve Japinga, LRCC Director of Government Relations. “City Council must work together to address the city’s financial health, critical infrastructure needs and create a positive climate where businesses can grow and thrive.”

The LRC- PAC endorsement process included a review of candidate's experience, responses to a written questionnaire, and in-person interviews. The quality and depth of City Council candidates were at levels not seen in past years. The LRC-PAC is encouraged by the engagement of many young professionals interested in running for public office. We look forward to working with these individuals in the future.

Peter Spadafore has a long track record of making a difference in the City of Lansing. As President of the Lansing School Board, Spadafore led the district to a successful school bond issue in 2016 – taxpayers voted for hundreds of millions of dollars to be invested in our local schools under his leadership. Spadafore wants to put the same passion to work for our city, making the Capital City a place where people want to live, work, and raise families.

Kathie Dunbar serves as Executive Director of the South Lansing Community Development Association and directly with citizens, business owners, school and faith organizations, government agencies, and other nonprofit providers to build a strong, healthy community on Lansing's south side. She started several signature events, including the South Lansing Community Farmers Market, the Southside Community Showcase, and the Hawk Island Triathlon, the largest inland triathlon and the first "Green Certified" race in Michigan. In 2005, Dunbar was elected to Lansing City Council, where she has been a tireless advocate for social justice, community and economic development, environmental stewardship, urban revitalization, citizen engagement, and sound fiscal management.

Tina Houghton has served on Lansing City Council since 2010 and has been a resident of Southeast Lansing for more than 28 years. Houghton has worked at Michigan State University for more than 21 years and joined University Outreach and Engagement, The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in 2009. Houghton holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a minor in International Business from Northwood University and Master of Science in Administration Degree with a concentration in Leadership from Central Michigan University.

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LRC-PAC is the non-partisan political action committee of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, representing 900 businesses in Lansing and more than 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


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