The possibility of Michigan stat Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing) running for Lansing mayor has been one of the worst-kept secrets in the Lansing political landscape. The Lansing mayoral race takes place this year, and there has been considerable discontent both with current mayor Virg Bernero and the dysfunction in city government.
So far, though, Schor has kept quiet about his plans. That could soon change.
An article on the Lansing State Journal website carries a sub-headline that reads, “State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, is expected to decide next week if he will challenge Bernero.” The speculation is rooted in a statement written by Bernero in which he announces his re-election candidacy.
The letter also shows that Bernero isn’t waiting for Schor to make a decision to get a first shot across the bow:
I am prepared to reapply for my job and serve my city, not slander my opponent. I plan to run on my record, Andy, why can’t you?
Andy Schor hasn’t even announced yet, and his campaign is already off on the wrong foot. I will be running a positive campaign focused on my plans for Lansing’s future.
Schor said he was disappointed in Bernero’s accusations, and that he has always run with integrity. He declined to say when he would make a decision about a mayoral run.