Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces Endorsements in Lansing City Council Races
Tamera Carter and Trini Lopez-Pehlivanoglu endorsed for At-Large Seats. Ryan Kost and Adam Hussain endorsed for 1st/3rd Ward
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (LRC-PAC) has announced its endorsements in the 2023 races for Lansing City Council. Endorsed candidates include:
- Tamera Carter, At-Large
- Trini Lopez-Pehlivanoglu, At-Large
- Ryan Kost, 1st Ward
- Adam Hussain, 3rd Ward
“Lansing is at a critical juncture in determining the city’s future direction and we need forward-thinking candidates who share our vision of what that future can look like,” said Kevin Shaw, chair, LRC-PAC. “We believe these candidates possess the necessary qualities needed to bring fresh perspectives and drive positive progress for our community.”
The 2023 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 8 and the General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7. Endorsed candidates background:
Tamera Carter is a 2005 graduate of Michigan State University and has been a committed Lansing resident for two decades. She has identified her priorities as gun violence and safe neighborhoods, economic development, housing insecurity and homelessness and equity and inclusion. She is very active in the community including serving on the Impression 5 Board of Directors, Board member at Tabernacle of Lansing and Downtown Lansing, Inc.
Trini Lopez-Pehlivanoglu was raised in Lansing and is now raising her own family on Lansing’s Southwest side. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Cleary University in 2020. Over the years Trini’s work ethic and skillset led her to serve as senior executive management assistant in the executive office of the Michigan Department of Attorney General. Trini is passionate about serving her community and currently serves on the Cristo Rey Community Center Board of Directors, Secretary of Ingham County Equal Opportunity Committee, Secretary of Southwest Action Group, City of Lansing Board of Ethics – Third Ward Representative, and Member of Michigan Latino Leadership Network.
Ryan Kost has been active in his community and fighting for our neighborhoods for years before he was elected to City Council in November 2022. Ryan now proudly represents Lansing’s First Ward and is also the first openly gay candidate to be elected to represent this ward. He also currently serves his community as a board member of the Eastside Neighborhood Organization, Friends of Bancroft Park, and Foster Your Neighborhood.
Adam Hussain was first elected to council in 2015 and represents Lansing’s Ward 3. He served as City Council president in 2022 and vice president in 2020 and 2021. Adam is a leader in advocating for change in southwest Lansing, including renovation of Logan Square. In 2023 Council Member Hussain serves on the following Committees and Boards: Committee of the Whole- Member; Committee on Public Safety – Chairperson; Committee on City Operations – Vice Chairperson and Ad Hoc on Homelessness and Solutions – Vice Chairperson.
“In order to move Lansing forward, we need elected officials who are willing to seek common ground and work together to both find and advance solutions to the challenges we face,” said Steve Japinga, senior vice president/public affairs, LRCC. “All these candidates are established consensus builders dedicated to cultivating a vibrant and thriving city.”
The LRC-PAC’s endorsement process includes a review of a candidate’s performance, a written questionnaire, and, in some cases, an in-person interview. Only after this process is completed and a vote of the LRC-PAC Board is taken can a candidate be endorsed and be considered for financial support.
Learn more about the LRC-PAC here: https://www.lansingchamber.org/lrc-pac/
LRC-PAC is the non-partisan political action committee of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, representing over 1,100 businesses in the tri-county region. The objective of LRC-PAC is to endorse candidates that support a favorable business climate throughout the region.