Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral Primary is now just over a week away. The 4 city council members running for the post continue to walk neighborhoods looking for votes. One of the key's to the election may turn out to be what residents want from the city in these neighborhoods.
Ann Arbor's Democratic mayoral primary is rapidly approaching on August 5th. Since incumbent Mayor John Hieftje isn't seeking re-election it offers the community a chance to chart a new course in a wide variety of areas.
From attracting and retaining businesses to new construction projects, economic development is an important issue in every community. Ann Arbor voters head to the polls August 5th and economic development will be among the issues voters consider when casting their ballot for one of the four Mayoral candidates.
Ann Arbor homeless advocates hope the large turnout at a mayoral forum on the issue will show it's a priority to voters. If nothing else all four City Council members appearing on the democratic ballot for mayor pledged to commit financial and political capital to ending homelessness in the city by 2018.
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje thinks investments made during his tenure are already paying results and will continue to do so. The issue of spending priorities however is one voters will be looking at as the city chooses a new mayor for the first time in 14 years.
89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on some of the spending priorities during John Hieftje's 14 years as Mayor of Ann Arbor.
Hieftje points to the underground parking structure as helping grow the local economy. That's because he doesn't think the city's growing tech sector would have been possible without additional parking downtown. He says these jobs have helped keep the area more active, boosting restuarants and other businesses.
Ypsilanti Mayoral candidate Amanda Edmonds believes Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and neighboring communities will succeed or fail together. She made these remarks Thursday at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's unique mayoral forum that brought together candidates for the job in both cities.
How will Ann Arbor's next mayor take on the challenges around the city's always changing downtown? That will be among the primary topics discussed Wednesday night at a mayoral debate hosted by Literati Bookstore.
Primary elections are less than two months away so candidates are getting busy knocking on doors and sharing their vision. Ann Arbor voters also have several chances to see all four Democrats running for Mayor in the coming weeks.
The University of Michigan can go ahead with plans to buy the Edwards Brothers property on State Street for nearly 13 million dollars. Ann Arbor City Council voted six to five Monday night against using the right of first refusal to match the university’s offer.
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.