ASNMU president runs for city commissioner

Adelle Whitefoot

Associated Students of Northern Michigan University president Ben Stanley is running for Marquette City Commissioner.

There are currently two open seats for on the Marquette City Commission and Stanley is one of eight running for the positions.

“Northern has been working on their relationship with the city and I think having a student that’s involved with Northern involved with the city as well would really help build that relationship and make it a lot stronger,” Stanley said. “I just want to get more cohesion between the students and the city.”

There will be a primary election on Aug. 7 to cut down the number of candidates that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot to four.

Stanley said he doesn’t think if he gets the commissioner seat that it will affect his ASNMU presidency in a negative way.

“I think it will in a positive way because I will have a wider scope,” Stanley said. “There are a lot of students that are dealing with things that aren’t just at Northern.

“They have to worry about stuff like their landlord and their house falling apart and Northern really doesn’t have any control over that. I think that as city commissioner, I could bring these student issues to the city’s attention.”

Only register Marquette city voters can vote on the commissioner positions.