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Stephen Kunselman Still Pushing For Core Services On Ann Arbor City Council After Losing Mayoral Bid

Aug 6, 2014

Despite losing his bid to become Ann Arbor's next Mayor, Stephen Kunselman will continue to represent the 3rd Ward on City Council and plans to continue pushing for an increased focus on improved basic services. 

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Kunselman hopes just by being in the race he pushed all the candidates to think more about the importance of essential services. He says everyone on the campaign trail heard loud and clear residents want something done with the city's ailing roads.

Kunselman says there was little negative campaigning this summer, and divisions that have lingered on council for years will likely settle down now, "There's not a lot that City Council can do given the tight constraints in our fiscal budget.  So it's just going to be making sure that we provide the basic services of public health safety and welfare, and anything after that is gravy, and I'm not sure there's much of that."

Kunselman and Sabra Briere will both remain on council, despite their loss in the mayoral primary. As a fellow council member, Kunselman often found himself at odds with Christopher Taylor. He'll likely have to continue working with the Primary winner as Taylor is odds on favorite to win the Mayor's job in November. 

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