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2014 Elections

Council and Mayoral Candidates
This page was started on December 23, 2013. Much of this began as speculation. Originally, we listed possible candidates based on announcements and rumors. The deadline for filing petitions to appear on the August primary ballot was April 22, 2014 and the list below reflects those who filed.

November General Election

Ward 1
  • Sumi Kailasapathy (D)
Ward 2
  • Kirk Westphal (D)
Ward 3
  • Julie Grand (D)
Ward 4
  • Graydon Krapohl (D)
Ward 5
  • Chuck Warpehowski (D)

August 5, 2014 Primary

We link to Ann Arbor Chronicle stories, when possible, because we find them most reliable and accurate.

Mayor John Hieftje announced in 2013 that eh would not run for reelection in 2014.
Stephen Kunselman for Mayor
2885 Butternut St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Sally Hart Petersen for Mayor
2976 Hickory Lane
Ann Arbor MI 48104-2865
First Ward
Committee to Elect Sumangala Kailasapathy
2530 Mallard Court
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
    • Eric Sturgis - Sturgis pulled petitions but soon thereafter indicated to the clerk’s office that he did not intend to file signatures to become a candidate. At the deadline for filing, he had not submitted petitions. Mr. Sturgis has been campaigning for Sumi!
Second Ward
Sally Petersen is the Second Ward incumbent who announced that she will run for Mayor, not Council
Nancy Kaplan for Council
3065 Hunting Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Third Ward
Christopher Taylor is the Third Ward incumbent who announced plans to run for Mayor.
Bob Dascola for City Council
1815 Baldwin Ave.
Ann Arbor , MI 48104
Fourth Ward
Margie Teall is the Fourth Ward incumbent who announced 1/15 that she will not run for reelection.

Fifth Ward
Leon Bryson for City Council
636 Center Dr.
Ann Arbor , MI 48103

With neighborhood friendly incumbents in only the First and Second Wards, this election season is less dangerous to our interests than the 2013 elections. Potentially, we could have a new, neighborhood friendly Mayor and perhaps pick up a Council seat or two.

Soon after the 2013 election season concluded with the November elections the next cycle began. The 2014 local elections may be particularly interesting because of the potential number of open seats. Here are a couple of news articles about the upcoming race for Mayor:
"Names of other possible candidates include Ward 2 councilmember Sally Petersen, and Washtenaw County commissioners Conan Smith and Yousef Rabhi."
Council Members Petersen and Taylor would be facing re-election this year for their Council seats and if they run for Mayor instead would leave those races open for new candidates. Similarly, County Board of Commissioners members Smith and Rabhi cannot run for re-election for their County positions if they choose to run for Mayor.

In Michigan, we will be selecting a Governor, U.S. Senator, State Representatives, some State Senators, all State House members and many local officials in 2014. The money and time needed to run a good local race will be harder to acquire with so many other campaigns going on in the same election season.

Our partisan local elections mean that the candidate who prevails in the August 2014 Democratic Party primary will likely become our Mayor. With four candidates competing for Mayor in the August primary, the winner may have only 25% to 30% support. We could end up with a Mayor who is disfavored by more voters than favored. That outcome could then lead to public support for non-partisan local elections.

Not My Job
The following is from a comment Kirk Westphal left on a facebook page called Save Our Streets (SOS):
I apologize for hijacking your problem to make my own point, but I think it's relevant: we the taxpayers are investing money in a new, purportedly more efficient, trackable system to help provide accountability and results for requests like yours, as well as paying customer service people to answer phones and make referrals. Some council members have taken it upon themselves to circumvent these systems, encouraging constituents to "call me first," and making requests directly to staff, which may help with re-election but is not considered good form. It is also not the role of a council member (yes, "not their job") to be a front-line maintenance request person. Some enjoy doing this, but I would venture it is often to the detriment of the job they were elected to do, which is passing the budget, supervising the city administrator and attorneys, hiring an auditor, and making good policies that help our future and make us financially sustainable.

Now, if a dedicated citizen like you attempts to solve a problem through the established methods and it doesn't work (or if a citizen doesn't know about the established channels), then that's a staff problem that needs to be fixed for good, not circumvented in a one-off fashion. Given there's no clear chain of command published on the city's website, that seems to warrant a call to a councilmember, who will contact the city administrator to find out what the root of the problem is. It seems he has a good track record of doing so.

In summary, I hear your frustration. I was unsuccessful last night in placing my first request via the new A2 Fix It, so that's today's volunteer activity to troubleshoot. I wish I could offer more hope but honestly, I think we may be in for more frustration as our city's costs grow faster than our revenues in the short term. Ideas for cost savings, revenue generation, process improvements are always welcome.

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