Ann Arbor Weather:
Saturday September 23, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Off to the Races

 

continued

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.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Susan Bryan
The county's queen of rain gardens
Shelley Daily and Cynthia Furlong Reynolds
Nightspots: Mash
High Schools
Today's Events
Spruce Trees Are Suffering
Needle cast and wind take a heavy toll.
Margaret A. Leary
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Kayak's Fate Uncertain
Mill Creek outdoor Adventure Center remains on hold.
Sally Mitani
A Family Story In The Digitized Michigan Daily, by Tim Athan
Seven to Four
A council seat changes hands.
James Leonard
Photo: Early Morning Kayaker at Bandamere
Arbor Hospice Palliative Care
only cycling studio on the University of Michigan's Campus
spark ann arbor