Another Ann Arbor City Council member has announced she’s running for mayor. Second Ward Council representative Sally Hart Petersen today announced she will seek outgoing Mayor John Hieftje’s position.
Petersen says her combination of leadership experience, skills and interests in the private, public, and non-profit sectors make her uniquely qualified to lead Ann Arbor into its next era of growth and sustainability. She says in addition to promoting growth, Ann Arbor's next Mayor needs to be a champion of civic engagement which she has done on council through surveying residents on a variety of topics.
Petersen says her top priority will be increasing city services. She says this will be possible if the private business sector is stronger so more revenues will be available to dedicate to services.
Hieftje announced last year he wouldn’t seek re-election. So far City Council members Sabra Briere, Stephen Kunselman, and Christopher Taylor have all announced they are running for mayor.
Petersen says she's thought about running for mayor for a long time and Hieftje's decision has really opened the door.