By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
LANSING – Chris Swope, the current executive director of Michigan Equality and an openly-gay member the Ingham County Commission, will kick off his candidacy for Lansing City Clerk with a fundraiser on May 25.
Swope said the decision to run was made “not too far before the filing deadline, which was May 10.”
Many things led to his decision to run, Swope said.
“Our current clerk [Debbie Miner] has not done a very good job,” he said. “She has done things that discourage voter turnout and many, many people who are involved with the electoral process are disappointed in her.”
After discussing the candidacy with his partner, “we decided that it was the right move.”
Swope, who has been executive director of Michigan Equality since January of 2004, will step down from the position if elected to the full-time city clerk position. Swope said that he and the Michigan Equality board “are making a plan of action” to prepare for the transition.
Swope’s fundraiser will take place at Soup to Nuts bistro, the restaurant he co-owns with his partner and sister. Soup to Nuts is located at 123 East Kalamazoo in downtown Lansing. Call 517-485-0955.