Washington vs. Morgan?

Outgoing Councilwoman eyes run against son-in-law for Ingham Co. Commissioner

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Outgoing  Lansing City Councilwoman Jody Washington is hinting at a bid for the Ingham County Board of Commissioners — in a race that could pit her against her son-in-law.

Incumbent Thomas Morgan, serving his first year, said that’s news to him. Regardless, he said he plans to run for a second term after his expires at the end of 2020. 

“It would make for an interesting race, to say the least,” Morgan added.

Washington mentioned candidacies for the county commission and Lansing School Board as she wraps up her second term on the Council. Newcomer Brendon Betz defeated her handily in the General Election last month.

The commission is “much bigger and you can leverage the entire county,” Washington said. “But there are so many things. There’s the school district. I love our school district, but we need some help there. I’m not so sure.”

Unless Washington were to move, her residence in Lansing’s First Ward would force her to run against Morgan.

Washington didn’t return subsequent phone calls to further clarify her intentions but said earlier this week that she’s not going away and will continue to do anything she can to improve the city of Lansing.

“I love Lansing so much, which is why you’re still going to hear from me,” Washington said. “I’m not even sure that City Council was the best place to effectuate change. We’re really limited because we have this strong mayor government. … There are just so many things and so many organizations to get involved with.”

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