Lansing Candidates Wrap Up Campaigns on Election Day

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

For Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, it was a quick stop at Lewton Elementary, Tuesday morning, to cast his vote and then...back to campaigning.

"Persuading people that we're the way to go," he said.

Just outside the building, Jessica Yorko and Chong-Anna Canfora greeted voters just feet away from each other. Both are fightning for the Fourth Ward Lansing City Council seat.

"Just making sure that they see your face out there that they know that you want their vote," said Canfora.

"Saying hello, greeting people and thanking them for coming out to vote," said Yorko.

But there's more than face-to-face contact. For candidates, calling is just as important.

"We have identified the voters that we're calling to say, 'this is the day. Please get out and vote'," said Mayor Bernero.

Harold Leeman Jr., who is challenging the mayor, voted in the afternoon. His message to other voters, just get out and do it.

"I'm on the phone calling people, reminding them to go vote," said Leeman. "You just hope people recognize the fact that this is their duty to go out and vote."

It could make a big difference in every race, especially for the city council's At-Large seats, where candidates like Kathie Dunbar and Judi Brown Clarke are hoping to grab a spot.

"I'm ready for it to be over, but I'm happy for the excitement that happens during the last 24 hours," said Dunbar.

"I feel good that we gave it the best effort we have and we'll see what the voters think," said Brown Clarke.

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