|By Andy Balaskovitz|
Local politician hospitalized but feeling “much better”
This story was updated Nov. 4. Please see a note below from Bob Alexander regarding this story.
“I have a 30-member medical team, and no one’s telling me anything,” he said Tuesday.
However, that’s not slowing him down. “I’m much better than I was a week ago — I’d like to head back home within a week,” he added.
Alexander challenged Rogers in 2004 and 2008, helped lead a local petition drive to increase Michigan’s minimum wage and worked to extend health care coverage for the nearly 30,000 Ingham County residents without it. He ran unsuccessfully for Ingham County commissioner this year. He lives in East Lansing.
Alexander turned 66 on Sunday. He grew up in Berkley, Mich., and got his bachelor’s in American history from the University of Michigan in 1966, followed by a master’s in teaching from Wayne State University in 1970. He spent time in rural India as an agricultural adviser for the Peace Corps between those degrees. He came to Lansing in 1979 to work in the Legislature.
Alexander said he is accepting cellphone calls but is only calling four to five people per day.
“I’m prioritizing all of my energy on getting healthy,” he said.
Asked if the projected Republican wave in this year’s election was any detriment to his health, Alexander said he is “very hopeful.”
“We have a lot of good local candidates,” he said.