When a new mayor and up to five first term elected officials take office on Jan. 1, they could automatically make more than their predecessors.

The city's Elected Officers Compensation Commission could decide whether to increase pay for these officials and four others.  The panel has until March 17 to make its recommendation to City Council.

Mayor Virg Bernero said Feb. 27 he won't seek a fourth term.  Within days, At Large Council Member Judi Brown Clarke launched her mayoral campaign and City Clerk Chris Swope is weighing a run for mayor.

Even State Rep. Andy Schor announced his mayoral campaign on Feb. 22.  Here's more from the Lansing State Journal.