LANSING – Mayor Andy Schor today announced that he is running for reelection to serve a second term as Mayor of Lansing.
Schor was first elected in 2017 on a platform of Economic and Community Development, Neighborhoods, City Service and Infrastructure, and working with Lansing Schools.
Under Schor’s leadership, Lansing has experienced significant growth while navigating unexpected crises. Neighborhoods received a renewed focus and investment, streets and potholes have been repaired, Lansing partnered with its schools, and the city experienced significant growth with over $1.5 billion in investments. During the last three years, Schor helped create many new amenities to enhance quality of life for Lansing residents, including a new downtown grocery store, new parks like Beacon SW and Rotary Park, housing for a variety of incomes throughout the city, and other successes.
During Schor’s tenure, Lansing was named the number one affordable city to live in the United States based on high quality of life and low cost of living, as well as one of the top cities to live in after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schor is successfully leading Lansing through unprecedented times. Schor’s administration created new programs to assist small businesses, created new resources for struggling homeowners and renters, provided additional shelter and housing options for the homeless, and collaborated with regional partners to assist others in need. He navigated mid-year budget reductions as a result of the pandemic without layoffs or major cuts to City services. And Schor has prioritized making Lansing an inclusive place for all by bringing together local leaders to create and implement a community focused Racial Justice and Equity Plan.
But his work is not finished.
“I am running for a second term because the work of growing Lansing, especially through the COVID-19 pandemic, must continue. We need to update our old infrastructure, ensure safety and security of our residents, build our neighborhoods, create jobs and vibrancy throughout our city, and work with our schools. Significant progress has been made, but there is more work to do and I will continue to pour my heart and soul into Lansing,” Schor stated. “I have healed relationships within the city and with partners throughout the region, and I will continue to work collaboratively towards making Lansing a diverse, dense, livable, and welcoming environment for residents at every stage in life. We will accomplish the goals of the Lansing 2030 plan to grow all parts of Lansing and make Lansing its best self!”
Brian Daniels, a Lansing native and owner of EmPOWer Lansing, introduced Schor in his announcement video. Daniels, a small business owner and combat-wounded Iraq war veteran, voiced his early support for Schor.
“Andy Schor has been a thoughtful leader, digging deep to find solutions to the problems we face in city government. What we can’t risk now is moving backward. Andy Schor is the leader to take us forward and help Lansing continue to thrive,” Daniels said.
Schor thanked Daniels and agreed that now is not the time to move backwards for the city of Lansing.
“I have paid millions of dollars in bills left to me from the previous administration, which have put the City in a tough financial situation. I have also started addressing the massive unfunded liabilities left to the City from the prior administration, resolving $80 million of the problem. At the same time, I have been able to sustain the growth of our city while helping those in need. I will continue to address our challenges to improve Lansing, ensuring we have a city that we take pride in. When the amazing residents of Lansing come together, we can’t lose.”
“As long as I am Mayor, I will fight every day to grow Lansing. I hope to earn your vote to continue the momentum in Lansing for you, your family, your neighborhood, and your future.”