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MSU student wins seat on East Lansing City Council

Posted at 7:41 AM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 10:49:47-05

Voters in East Lansing have elected a new city council member who happens to be a student at Michigan State University.

Aaron Stephens took just over 3,000 votes in Tuesday's election, defeating Susan Woods. The 21 year-old is a senior at MSU, majoring in political science.

Stephens says he decided to run for city council after working on presidential campaigns for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

He said, "When you're fighting for issues on the national scale and there's problems in your own town, I think it's time to step up. You can't just put things to the side. I think it's really important for younger people to get involved, especially at the local level, because this is where you can make the most change."

Stephens will be joined on the council by incumbent Ruth Beier, who retained her seat.