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Ten Candidates, One Contest

 

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Kunselman is used to having challengers: the U-M energy management liaison has faced eight in seven years, more than any other councilmember. And he bluntly dismisses the Mixed Use Party's platform as "misguided. I have a master's in urban planning, and I can tell you their plan doesn't meet all the criteria for what they want to accomplish: more student housing and loud parties. It's going backwards in history to regulate by simplifying, and it would have serious negative consequences because people would take advantage."

The fifty-year-old has kinder words for his young opponent. "I know Sam, and I'm great friends with him and his family. I appreciate Sam running, and I hope after this he will run again as a Democrat."

DeVarti could get that opportunity: Kunselman says he plans to run for mayor next year--and if he wins, his council seat will come open again.

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The first time Sabra Briere ran for council in 2007, the Ward One incumbent recalls, she had two opponents but "no agenda. And I don't have an agenda now. I'm simply working to be the kind of representative I want: I listen to all sides and make up my own mind."

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