End of the Party?
Mostly, Armentrout is "very concerned about building a new [train] station in Fuller Park. [Hieftje's] fixation is beyond reason, and the potential for a financial fiasco is enormous."
Chuck Warpehoski, director of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, likes that the current budget is "starting to improve safety services, starting to improve maintenance to the parks, that we're starting to climb out of the hole." He doesn't like that "we're not there yet." But echoing Derezinski, Warpehoski says overall "the budget is a good compromise between competing demands."
Like every other candidate, Warpehoski wants more cops, though like Sturgis, he readily acknowledges that "the crime rate is at a historic low." He'd find the money to pay for them from "new ongoing revenue streams like [property taxes from redeveloping] the Georgetown Kroger site, and Lower Town, and the site on Washtenaw across from Whole Foods."
Warpehoski is endorsed by the both Hohnke and Mayor Hieftje. But he's hardly the Hieftje fan Sturgis is. "He's kept core services going during a recession and the city is safe, so I'd give him a 'B,'" Warpehoski says. "But in terms of open process and community engagement, I'd score him a lot lower, particularly on the new transit center."