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 […]

In A2 Insight Interview, Council Candidate Jaime Magiera Tries to Bamboozle Ward 4 Voters

In A2 Insight Interview, Council Candidate Jaime Magiera Tries to Bamboozle Ward 4 Voters

by Patricia Lesko According to the Washington Post, politicians lie to exploit political ignorance. Scientists and their research say that politicians lie the most. According to a Sept. 2016 piece in The Atlantic Monthly, politicians lie because journalists fail to declare “a boycott on bullshit.” The Federalist published an article in Jan. 2017 in which it was argued […]

Pedestrian Safety “Top Council Priority” in Dec., Months Later $450K for Pedestrian Safety at Schools Voted Down

Pedestrian Safety “Top Council Priority” in Dec., Months Later $450K for Pedestrian Safety at Schools Voted Down

by Patricia Lesko At the May 15, 2017 Ann Arbor City Council meeting, Ward 2 Council member Jane Lumm (I) put forward five of the seven proposed amendments to Ann Arbor’s over $350 million budget. Four of her amendments had co-sponsors, including Jack Eaton (D-Ward 4) and Sumi Kailasapathy (D-Ward 1). In every case, Lumm’s amendments […]

Council Member Apologizes for Using Facebook and Twitter During Public Meetings

Council Member Apologizes for Using Facebook and Twitter During Public Meetings

by Patricia Lesko During four public meetings in early 2017, Ward 4 Council member Jack Eaton (D) spent a total of four hours accessing Facebook and a total of five hours accessing Twitter. Eaton, when asked to comment said: “I apologize to not only my constituents but to the residents of Ann Arbor. While I was accessing news […]

Emails/Texts Reveal Council Members Staged Homeless Support for Library Lot Sale Vote

Emails/Texts Reveal Council Members Staged Homeless Support for Library Lot Sale Vote

by Patricia Lesko The Ann Arbor Independent used FOIA to obtain emails, Tweets and text messages sent over several weeks prior to the April 17 City Council meeting between a trio of Council members and Caleb Poirier, founder of tent community Camp Take Notice and a member of the M.I.S.S.I.O.N. Board of Directors. In those electronic communications, […]

Ward 3 Challenger Kunselman Says City Council “Lacks Direction and Leadership”

Ward 3 Challenger Kunselman Says City Council “Lacks Direction and Leadership”

by Patricia Lesko Ward 3 resident and former council member Stephen Kunselman announced on April 26 that he has qualified to appear on the August 8 Democratic primary ballot. The City Clerk’s office confirmed that he had submitted at least 100 valid signatures of registered Ward 3 voters. “It was actually a recent decision to run again,” […]

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