Ten Candidates, One Contest
The city's political direction hinges on the outcome. If Westphal wins, the balance of power on the eleven-member council will still favor the programs and initiatives of mayor John Hieftje--at least until Hieftje steps down next year. If Lumm wins, the balance will shift to those who call themselves independent voices--Anglin, Kunselman, and Eaton, plus Sumi Kailasapathy and Sally Petersen (who are not up for reelection this year)--and they'll finally have the power to pursue the goals they've so far only talked about: hiring more police officers and firefighters, restricting development, and limiting the Downtown Development Authority.
The differences in Ward Two are stark.
Jane Lumm voted against 413 E. Huron and wants to hire more police officers and firefighters. She also counts among her achievements opposing the mayor's transportation initiatives and saving Huron Hills golf course from partial privatization. Kirk Westphal calls Lumm's votes "irresponsible" and argues her "continued service on council is exposing us to financial calamity. Council came within one vote of a multimillion-dollar loss on 413 E. Huron."