2017 City Council Aug. 8 Primary Election Coverage Round-up

2017 City Council Aug. 8 Primary Election Coverage Round-up

On Tuesday August 8 Ann Arbor voters will go to the polls to vote in the City Council Democratic primary elections. The Ann Arbor Independent does not endorse in political races. We think our readers are informed enough to use the information provided by this newspaper and other reliable, objective sources to make their own […]

Ward 4 Council Candidates Go Head-to-Head: Magiera vs. Eaton

Ward 4 Council Candidates Go Head-to-Head: Magiera vs. Eaton

by Dave Alexander This year, Ann Arbor CTN has produced short (2-3 minute) videos in which all the candidates running in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary election have a chance to introduce themselves and their campaigns to Ann Arbor voters. The videos, produced by CTN staff, allowed candidates to make use of a teleprompter. Candidates […]

Updated: Council Candidates Taking Credit for the Work of Others (Including Their Opponents)

Updated: Council Candidates Taking Credit for the Work of Others (Including Their Opponents)

Updated: On Aug. 3, the Mayor sent out an email to residents in which he endorses Council candidates. Portions of Taylor’s email have been added to this article. by Patricia Lesko “To lie about an issue is to be a politician. To lie about a corporation is to be a public relation executive. To lie about […]

Ward 3 Council Candidates Go Head-to-Head: Kunselman vs. Ackerman

Ward 3 Council Candidates Go Head-to-Head: Kunselman vs. Ackerman

by Dave Alexander This year, Ann Arbor CTN has produced short (2-3 minute) videos in which all the candidates running in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary election have a chance to introduce themselves and their campaigns to Ann Arbor voters. The videos, produced by CTN staff, allowed candidates to make use of a teleprompter. Candidates took […]

Three Ann Arbor Council Candidates Return Developer’s Money

Three Ann Arbor Council Candidates Return Developer’s Money

by Patricia Lesko Local real estate developer Dennis Dahlmann gave campaign donations to three candidates running for Ann Arbor City Council who have decided to return the developer’s money. The candidates, Anne Bannister (D) running in Ward 1, Stephen Kunselman (D) running in Ward 3 and Council member Jack Eaton (D-Ward 4) all returned Dahlmann’s donations […]

Michigan Democratic Party and Indivisible Groups to Hold 12+ Health Care Town Halls Across Michigan

Michigan Democratic Party and Indivisible Groups to Hold 12+ Health Care Town Halls Across Michigan

by Paul Kenan This summer, Indivisible groups and the Michigan Democratic Party will host 12-plus health care town halls across Michigan. Republicans in Washington are working to pass plans that may rollback protections for pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and asthma and, critics say, cause health and prescription drug costs to skyrocket. Members of Congress have been criticized for trying […]

Ward 1 Council Candidates Go Head-to-Head: Bannister vs. Frenzel

Ward 1 Council Candidates Go Head-to-Head: Bannister vs. Frenzel

by Dave Alexander This year, Ann Arbor CTN has produced short (2-3 minute) videos in which all the candidates running in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary election have a chance to introduce themselves and their campaigns to Ann Arbor voters. The videos, produced by CTN staff, allowed candidates to make use of a teleprompter. Candidates took […]

Leaked Email—Council Member Seeking Re-Election Trying to Dupe Voters?

Leaked Email—Council Member Seeking Re-Election Trying to Dupe Voters?

July 3: UPDATED: James Leonard emailed on July 3, 2017 to say that he does, indeed, intend to comment. His comments will be added when they are received. July 7: UPDATED: James Leonard’s comment has been added. by Patricia Lesko Charles “Chip” Smith (D-Ward 5), a first-term Council member, is running in a contested Aug. 8 Democratic […]

eComment Now Available for Residents to Give Feedback on City Council Agenda Items

eComment Now Available for Residents to Give Feedback on City Council Agenda Items

by Dave Alexander Ann Arbor officials recently announced the launch of eComment software. The program, which gives residents the option of commenting online on City Council agenda items, has been around for over a decade. In 2008, Arcata, Ca. launched eComment software, “giving residents another way to voice their opinions about City Council issues,” officials […]

Washtenaw County Conservation District is Hiring

Washtenaw County Conservation District is Hiring

by The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team Long-time Washtenaw County Conservation District Manager Dennis Rice is retiring and as a result the District is looking for a new District Manager. In addition, The Washtenaw County Conservation District is hiring a MAEAP Technician (Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program) to implement MAEAP in Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw County Conservation District is a […]

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