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Ingham County Council candidates in their own words

On this year’s ballot are candidates for the Ingham County Board of Commissioners (15 seats). If you don’t know which district you are voting in, visit the Ingham County website to find more information.

Whether you choose to vote by mail or in person, get to know the candidates before you vote by reading their responses to the top issues facing Ingham County residents.

Here are (below) the candidates in their own words. To return to the main electoral kit, click on here.

Meet the candidates

Mark Polsdofer (Democrat): I have spent most of my career in public service at the state level working with various people and organizations to find solutions to their problems. Additionally, I worked for over a dozen years with the Ingham County Economic Development Corporation and the Ingham County Brownfields Redevelopment Authority, focusing on the economic development of our whole region. I also sit on the board of Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP). During my first two terms on the County Commission, I have focused on addressing issues that constituents bring to my attention, while also focusing on advancing issues such as Advance Peace, which have a positive impact on our entire county.

Sam Frangie (Republican): No answer.

On systemic racism

Mark Polsdofer (Democrat): My colleagues and I on the county commission last term passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. Additionally, we created the Racial Equity Task Force. This group is analyzing all of the County’s policies and will present their recommendations to us for review and implementation. I look forward to responding to their findings and making any necessary changes.

Sam Frangie (Republican): No answer.

On the COVID-19 response

Mark Polsdofer (Democrat): Having worked closely with Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail and her team throughout the pandemic, I have been particularly impressed with how the Ingham County Health Department has worked with school districts, cities, townships, businesses, etc. to implement manageable policies that protect our public health.

Sam Frangie (Republican): No answer.

On economic stability and inflation

Mark Polsdofer (Democrat): We must continue to focus on collaboration as a region. Government can help by improving infrastructure, funding our regional trail system and improving our parks to make Ingham County a desirable location for businesses considering expanding or relocating to the area.

Sam Frangie (Republican): No answer.

On election security

Mark Polsdofer (Democrat): Our elections are safe and secure. I fully accept the 2020 election results. Those who continue to spread doubt and lies about the 2020 election should be removed from office at all levels.

Sam Frangie (Republican): No answer.

On public safety

Mark Polsdofer (Democrat): We recently worked providing 3-year funding, with the City of Lansing and the State of Michigan, to establish Advance Peace, a hands-on, day-to-day mentoring program that has seen great success in other parts of the country. I hope that once Advance Peace is launched, it will have a positive impact. We must also be aware of the need to provide financial assistance for mental health services and recreational opportunities, among other things that require our support. I am an active supporter of Democratic candidates for state legislature. Changes to gun laws need to be made at the state level. Progress in this regard will only be achieved with Democratic majorities in both chambers.

Sam Frangie (Republican): No answer.

Other Import Issues

Mark Polsdofer (Democrat): Due to the pandemic, funding for roads and bridges has decreased by approximately $4 million per year over the past two years. This has meant suspending or not advancing needed improvements or the replacement and repair of bridges in our communities. I am actively trying to redirect some ARP funds to fill this shortfall.

Sam Frangie (Republican): No answer.

This story was assembled from electronic questionnaires administered by LSJ press assistants Jayne Higo, Veronica Bolanos and Jack Moreland. Contact them at [email protected] or 517.377.1112.