All candidates for Lansing City Council Ward 1 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

All three candidates running in the Aug. 8, 2023, primary election for Lansing City Council Ward 1 — incumbent Ryan Kost (nonpartisan), D. Taft (nonpartisan), and Michael VandeGuchte (nonpartisan) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Here are the candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?


  • “Investing in Neighborhoods and our residents
  • investing in our roads and sidewalks
  • Investing in our housing to end the crisis.”


  • “City Wide Surveillance with real-time monitoring Command Center!
  • Stop selling, ‘Red Tag’ homes with code violations at the Auction!
  • Fleet of Emergency Rapid Response Drones!”


  • “Economy-Lansing is a city that should be on the rise. …
  • Public Safety-Fix the small things and the big things will fix themselves. …
  • Mental Health It’s time the City of Lansing has solid programs in place to assist those in mental health crisis. …”

Click on the candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

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