Riverwalk Campaigning

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

No one's timing their pace, but you might say this is as much about the mayor's *race* as it is the mayor's walk.

"Politicians go where the people are in an election year," says Virg Bernero, D-Lansing.

That's why the state senator/mayoral candidate is here, with a small army of supporters. They say they're available for anyone's who's interested in a little political walk and talk.

"]When you're running for office, you're almost running 24/7. You have to ready to answer questions and talk to people," Bernero says.

For Dale Abronowitz, he working with what's he's got, and he says he can't miss a free opportunity.

"I'm doing what I gotta go to get my point across. I don't have a war chest," Abronowitz says.

"That's what we need. We need 'em out there shaking residents hands," says Dawn Salvador, a Lansing voter. She, and many of those walking Saturday, say it's the candidates right, even their responsibility to campaign.

The campaigners say they were greeting warmly on the trail, despite a cold shoulder from the mayor who says this should be about family fun and family fun alone.

"We don't have t-shirts, we aren't soliciting, so I guess people can read between the lines," Benavides, D-Lansing, explains.

Challenger Lynne Martinez joins the Benavides camp on this one. She's walking, but she says, "What's I'm doing is celebrating our city."

City voter Mary Luxton says that's a good idea. When she saw the t-shirts on the campaigners, "I thought maybe I would not vote for them, just based on that."

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