WHY I'M RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL
I decided to run for Lansing City Council because I want to make things better for the people. I love Lansing and I am grateful for the opportunities afforded me by this wonderful city. Each phase of my life has been influenced by commitment to community. I believe that my background and experience will provide a fresh new perspective concerning the issues, challenges and opportunities facing our community. I want to be the voice of the Lansing Community because I am part of the community. I was raised in Lansing and would like to contribute my knowledge and skills to benefit the City of Lansing and the people within. I believe that fairness is key and everyone deserves a seat at the table. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and go to work for you.
I hope I earn your vote to serve you all and "Bridge the Gap in Community."
Expand food access with local markets and urban farming; eliminate “food deserts”
Improve literacy rates and reduce poverty through after school programs and specialty job training
Promote businesses and job growth to create a vibrant city; increase community involvement in all development projects
Develop a housing strategy to provide high quality and affordable housing, while removing blight and enhancing livability across our city Economic Development
Areas of Focus
Decrease the crime rate by expanding community policing and Neighborhood Watch
Increase after-school community programs to engage and educate our youth
Partner with Lansing Police Department, Neighborhood Watch and Lansing School District to ensure our children are safe on their way to school and in the classroom
Continue road improvements with bike lanes; and add trail miles and connections
Partner with the Lansing Board of Water & Light, Ingham County Drain Commissioner, citizens, and environmental groups to protect water quality, reduce flooding, and expand renewable energy
Make Lansing a Clean Community; increase residential recycling and safe waste disposal
“Bridging the Gap in Community”
Yanice Jackson-Long was raised in Lansing Michigan and attended Lansing Public Schools. She is a graduate of J.W. Sexton High School and has distinguished herself in business and community-based pursuits. Yanice obtained her Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Eastern Michigan University and her Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University. She has greater than fifteen years of business experience and a career founded upon a diverse and extensive education. Yanice prides herself in connecting people to share vital information and aid in effective collaboration and communication strategies within the community.
Before accepting a position at the Ingham County Treasurer’s Office, Yanice worked in the office of the Ingham County Drain Commissioner. She also spent time at the City of Lansing’s Department of Human Resources, worked as a Regional Organizing Director for the Michigan Coordinated Campaign, and as Managing Editor of the Chronicle News.
Since Yanice’s return to Lansing in 2016, she has taken an active role in the community. She currently serves on the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council Board, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Board, the Potter Park Zoo Board and the Ingham County Cultural Diversity Board.
The wellbeing of the community is a priority for Yanice since she has seen it change in her lifetime. Since her return to Lansing , Yanice has worked diligently to identify and address the most pressing needs of the community and is excited to explore innovative solutions. As she moves forward in her career as a Public Servant, she plans to address community issues such as environmental justice, economic development, and neighborhood safety. Yanice wants to stress the importance of self-accountability as communities work together to progress. She believes we can only create the vibrant community we want by getting our hands dirty and setting aside our differences. She continues to engage the community to hear their concerns and considers the best methods to bring about positive changes to the city. Yanice believes that strategy is key, and she is excited about serving the community in a new capacity. It is her desire to be a voice for those who feel as though they have no voice and know not how to approach concerns within the community. Yanice believes that “Everyone Deserves a Seat at the Table” and wants to make this happen as a member of Lansing City Council in 2020.