Benavides Gearing Up to Become Mayor

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Tony Benavides isn't wasting anytime preparing himself to take the reigns as the top dog in Lansing city politics.

Benavides and Mayor Hollister say they've scheduled several meetings to make sure the transition is seamless when Hollister leaves the Mayor's office at the end of January.

The two men say they want to make sure the city's relationship with other local governments, General Motors, Lansing Community College, and MSU remain strong when Benavides takes over as mayor. The two leaders say it should be a fairly easy transition.

Once Benavides takes office, he says he will also start working on a campaign. A few other local leaders have expressed interest in running for office when the position of mayor is up for election during the August primaries.