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Off to the Races

 

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In June, First Ward candidate Sumi Kailasapathy and Fourth Ward candidate Jack Eaton spoke at city council to oppose a pet cause of the mayor's- relocating the Amtrak station. In the Second Ward, where supporters of Huron Hills Golf Course helped defeat Hieftje ally Stephen Rapundalo last fall, course neighbor Sally Hart Petersen is challenging another Hieftje loyalist, Tony Derezinski. And in the Fifth Ward, Vivienne Armentrout-the former county commissioner who coined the term "council party" to describe the mayor and his allies-is opposing pro-Hieftje peace activist Chuck Warpehoski for the seat being vacated by Carsten Hohnke.

Eaton and Kailasapathy ran for the same seats two years ago. He lost to incumbent Margie Teall by a 31-69 percent margin, she to incumbent Sandi Smith by a much closer 45-55 percent. Without Lesko to drag them down, Eaton should mount a stronger challenge to Teall this time, and Kailasapathy is the arguable favorite over newcomer Eric Sturgis.

The two say the issues they raised then are still problems now: too few police officers and firefighters and too little care of the city's infrastructure. Petersen says that in addition to preserving the golf course, she would like to see the budget balanced "without sacrificing what makes us a cool city." And self-described "policy wonk" Armentrout hopes to see the city become "more self-reliant and resilient" by accumulating less debt.

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