Chris Swope kicks off his reelection campaign for a third four-year term as Lansing’s city clerk with a fundraiser May 8. Swope, who is openly gay, was named 2011 City Clerk of the Year by the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks.
Swope was executive director of Michigan Equality, a LGBT rights organization that has since merged into Equality Michigan, and he is a past president of the Lansing Association for Human Rights. In 2001, he was elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, a position he held for five years before resigning to become Lansing City Clerk. In January of 2000, he was appointed to the Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Community Mental Health Board, where he continues to serve. Prior to moving to Lansing, he served on the East Lansing Human Relations Commission.
Chris lives in Lansing’s Westside Neighborhood with his husband Brad. In 2004, the couple married among friends in Lansing and officially in Windsor, Ontario.
The May 8 fundraiser is at Grand Cafe Sir Pizza in Old Town, 201 E. Grand River Ave.
Suggested donation levels are supporter $50 and sponsor $150. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.voteswope.com to make a contribution through PayPal.