First African American and Woman to Run for Lansing Mayor

Judi Brown Clarke said she will run to become Lansing's first African American and female mayor. The announcement by Brown Clarke, a first-term Councilwoman, was made during a press conference at the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame on March 2. Brown Clarke touted her work as diversity director for the National Science Foundation's Bio-Computational Evolution in Action Consortium Center at Michigan State University and her work with corporations like Nike as evidence she can bring a new energy to harnessing hi-tech jobs in the city, according to a Lansing City Pulse report.

Brown Clarke has served as a member of city council at-large for the last three years awarded a diversity leadership award by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon. Under her leadership, Brown Clarke told supporters and the media she is calling for a renewed sense of decorum, respect in the city, and "a community of grace in which everyone feels empowered." The LCP reports that while Virg Bernero has announced he will not seek a fourth term, Brown Clarke will face State Rep. Andy Schor, the only other declared mayoral candidate, who has done well in pre-filing polls. Those polls put Schor over Bernero and Brown Clarke in third place in a three-way primary. City Clerk Chris Swope has also said he is considering a run. Read the full story online at

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