Changes coming to LCC board; Laverty retiring, Meyer running
|By Kyle Melinn|
If you've been waiting for the next volume of "Lansing Community College Board of Trustees Saga" to drop these last two years, youve been sorely disappointed.
Now, one of those blamed for the 2006 forced ousting of former LCC President Paula Cunningham is not running for another term. Trustee Chris Laverty, the public lightning rod for the Cunningham sweeping, opted not to file for re-election by Tuesdays filing deadline. His term expires at the end of the year.
Laverty is the only incumbent not seeking reelection this fall, when three board seats will be on the ballot. Canja, who chairs the board, is seeking reelection (she was elected in 2007 to fill an unexpired term), as is Trustee Robert Proctor, a local attorney and administrative law judge.
"Its been rewarding helping educate and train people for new jobs in the new economy," he said. "Im going to miss it."
One familiar face who wants back into the local political scene is former Lansing City Council President Larry Meyer, who was among the seven candidates who filed to run for the board by Tuesdays deadline.
"I think highly of the institution and I want to be part of it," Meyer said.
Interestingly, one of the local scribes who covered the LCC controversy extensively in 2006, former City Pulse managing editor Thomas Morgan, is stepping into the political ring. Morgan read through four years of LCC Board of Trustees minutes before writing an extensive cover story on the then-saga in the early months of that year.
Now a political consultant for Byrum Fisk Advocacy Communications, Morgan, 29, said hes eager to take his first leap into an elected position.
Laverty said hes encouraging Proctor and Lawrence Hidalgo in the 09 race. Hidalgo, who has ties to the electrical workers union and is an attorney, ran unsuccessfully in 2007. Other candidates include Brandon Currin of Mason and Deo Wells of Dimondale. The candidates have until Friday to remove their names from the ballot.
Because of a reporting error, Kyle Melinn's column last week on board candidates for Lansing Community College incorrectly reported when Larry Meyer completed his second term on the Lansing City Council, which was 2005.