Pelleran and Brian Jeffries, the candidates for Lansing City Council
in the Nov. 5 general election, are trying to demonstrate financial
and interest-group transparency.
released her federal, state and local income tax returns Sept. 9. Jeffries
countered the next day by filing the financial disclosure statement
required only after elected officials have already taken office.
order to have confidence that their elected officials are acting in
the citys best interests and not for personal gain, Pelleran
said in a news release, I believe the public has the right to
know what candidates and elected officials have as income and where
it is derived.
to Pellerans tax return for 2001, her only earned income was as
the state director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a nonprofit
organization, was $46,736. She paid $7,419 in federal taxes, $1,699
in state taxes and $444 in city taxes. Pelleran received unemployment
benefits after her contract as government relations director for the
Michigan Chiropractic Society ended in February 2001. She began working
as director of Fight Crime one month later. She is a trustee
of Lansing Community College, which is an unpaid position. Pelleran
has announced she will resign from LCC if elected in order to avoid
any conflict of interest. He term expires in 2007.
to the 2000 U.S Census data for Lansing, Pellerans single income
is slightly higher than the median household average income of $34,833
and falls within the 49.7 percent of residential households in Lansing
with income of more than $35,000 a year.
denied any potential conflict of interest if elected in his statement
of financial interests and said he would not derive income or benefit
directly from any contract with the city. Jeffries is a partner in the
law firm of Jeffries and Newton, which provides legal services exclusively
to the undergraduate (ASMSU) and graduate (COGS) student governing bodies
at Michigan State University. Although he is a member of two community
organizations, the Lansing Art Gallery and the Greater Lansing Housing
Coalition, I do not, nor do I have any family members who serve
on the Board of Directors of these groups, nor receive any income from
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