Jack Eaton has defeated long-time Ann Arbor City Council member Marcia Higgins in the city's Fourth Ward Democratic Primary. Eaton claimed nearly 65 percent of the vote.
Eaton says his campaign was focused on having the city provide basic services like police and fire. He says a narrow loss in the primary last year helped energize his campaign this year and increased his name recognition.
Nobody has filed to run against Eaton in the November general election.
Incumbent City Council member Stephen Kunselman claimed about 52 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor's Third Ward Democratic City Council Primary. Kunselman defeated challenger Julie Grand, the chair of the city's Park Advisory Commission.
Kunselman says his victory is a sign that residents want more attention paid to Ann Arbor's neighborhoods and not so much of a focus on the downtown area.
No candidates have filed to run against Kunselman in the November general election. If he wins that race it will be his fourth term on City Council.
Two shows of great interest to WEMU listeners are coming up soon at The Ark: blues and roots singer-songwriter Seth Walker on Thursday, August 8th and Ann Arbor’s beloved roots-rock quartet Corndaddy on Friday, August 16th.
Over 1,000 people have responded to both surveys. Ingrid Ault is the Chair of the Downtown Park Subcommittee of the Park Advisory Commission. Ault says the downtown park survey has three primary questions: If the community thinks there is a need for more downtown park space, what the space should look like, and how to fund it. Ault says in September community meetings will be held to further flesh out possibilities about downtown park space.
Perhaps the second time is the charm. After being rejected by its first choice for district Superintendent, the Ann Arbor Board of Education has offered the job to the other finalist. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Jeanice Swift was offered the position yesterday and has agreed to enter contract negotiations.
In 2009, the Ann Arbor Discover Downtown adopted new guidelines for zoning. Now, a public evaluation of those rules is underway.
From the City's website:
The goal of the A2D2 Evaluation Project is to have a constructive discussion about what works in the A2D2 zoning, what does not, and possible changes. Through Friday, Aug. 16, constituents will be asked what issues should be addressed in the evaluation. After that time, options for changes to the A2D2 zoning will be evaluated and revised for final presentation to the City Council in October 2013.
As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, there were many concerns expressed at Tuesday night's community forum on the program.
Over 400 exhibitors will be on hand sharing their ideas and inventions. This includes representatives from Ann Arbor based NSF International, a public health and safety organization.
NSF International scientists will lead kids through hands on experiments focused on subjects like micro-biology, polymers, and recycling. The goal is to get kids interested in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.
Washtenaw County continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship. Among the ideas and initiatives underway is an increased commitment to wind energy.
In this month's installment of WEMU's The Green Room, reporter Barbara Lucas explores the myriad of issues surrounding wind energy. Barbara travels to communities where wind energy is more prevalent, and then returns to Ann Arbor to see where we are, and where we are going.
Chelsea Native Jeff Daniels can scratch another item off the "bucket list." The star of HBO's "Newsroom" hit a hole-in-one while golfing at the Polo Fields Golf Country Club in Ann Arbor Wednesday. This is the picture the founder of the Purple Rose Theater posted on Twitter yesterday. Congratulations, Mr. Daniels!