Ten Candidates, One Contest
Though Brown is a libertarian and DeVarti a self-described bleeding-heart liberal, both want to replace the city's current zoning laws with a much less restrictive system devised by party chair Will Leaf. Neiher is likely to win--Lumm's the only non-Democrat elected to council in a decade--but the party's focus on zoning is timely after council's controversial vote last spring to approve a fourteen-story apartment building at 413 E. Huron.
Given the usual fate of non-Democrats, Hayner and Partridge are likewise long shots. But in Ward Two, Lumm vs. Westphal looks like a real race. Westphal has a robust critique of Lumm's time on council, but Lumm defends herself strongly, and her coalition of disaffected Democrats and die-hard Republicans makes her a formidable incumbent. So the big questions are: how many votes will Brown draw in Ward Two, and from whom?