Crenshaw to fill De Leon’s seat

By Andy Balaskovitz
Bryan Crenshaw. Courtesy photo.

Ingham County Board of Commissioners selects Brian Crenshaw to fill seat of outgoing commissioner Debbie De Leon

Wednesday, Aug. 28 — The Ingham County Board of Commissioners chose Democrat Bryan Crenshaw Tuesday to fill the soon-to-be vacant seat of commissioner Debbie De Leon, who is resigning to take a job out of town on Sept. 6.

Crenshaw will complete De Leon’s term, which expires at the end of 2014. The board reportedly chose Crenshaw, 39, on a 13-0 vote.

Crenshaw, a Sexton High School graduate, is the director of Eaton Rapids Senior Center, a nonprofit charitable organization serving seniors. He was appointed to the Lansing School Board in 1999, but decided not to run to keep the seat. Crenshaw was also an appointment specialist in the Granholm administration and a legislative liaison for the state Department of Corrections.

Crenshaw has said he intends to campaign for the seat in 2014.

De Leon is leaving to serve as vice chairwoman of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, which requires residency in the tribe’s jurisdiction in northern Michigan. De Leon was elected seven times since 2000.

The 4th District in Ingham County represents northwest Lansing. The boundaries are roughly Waverly Road to the west; Sheridan Road to the north; an area just east of High Street to the east; and a southern portion that ends at East Oakland Avenue and West Willow Street and includes downtown and Old Town.