City Council Posts

Below are essays I’ve written exploring Ann Arbor City Council issues in depth and providing more background on the decisions of your elected representatives.

Voters Not Insiders

One of the most significant agenda items from the October 3, 2022 City Council meeting was a failed effort to put a ballot question to voters in November 2023. The resolution in agenda item DC-3 would have allowed voters to consider changing our City charter to...

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Moving Forward With Right To Renew

Agenda item C-1 on the September 6, 2022 Council meeting is the draft ordinance for Right to Renew (“Just Cause” for eviction). C-1 (22-1468) An Ordinance to Add Section 8:531 to Chapter 105 (Housing Code) of Title VIII of the Ann Arbor City Code - (Right to Renew and...

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Thank You

Thank you to everyone who supported my campaign and appreciated my work these last few years! I am grateful for the new friends I have made, folks who share my interest in seeing a local democracy that is transparent and accountable. These last few years have been...

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Making Local Government Accessible

This summer, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to residents and explaining my work representing Ward 4. I’ve met a lot of people who do not follow our local government at all, and I have explained my orientation to our local politics these last four years. As I look...

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Local Support & Local Representation

Many residents have noticed the size and scale of campaign spending in Ward 4 this season and they have reached out to me in alarm about it. Most people recognize: big money in elections does not make our democracy stronger. Yesterday (Friday) was the deadline for...

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The Difference Is Clear

This week, residents of Ward 4 received a political mailer that illustrates a problem that motivated me to run for City Council in the first place. One of my opponents, Dharma Akmon, created a list of bullet points titled "The Difference is Clear" which summarized...

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People Over Profits

I published this in my "A2Council Update" newsletter on July 9, 2022 At this week’s Council meeting, advocates for municipal public power reminded us: the best public policy should counteract (rather than reinforce) the already powerful influence of corporate and...

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Voters Not Insiders

One of the most significant agenda items from the October 3, 2022 City Council meeting was a failed effort to put a ballot question to voters in November 2023. The resolution in agenda item DC-3 would have allowed voters to consider changing our City charter to...

read more

Moving Forward With Right To Renew

Agenda item C-1 on the September 6, 2022 Council meeting is the draft ordinance for Right to Renew (“Just Cause” for eviction). C-1 (22-1468) An Ordinance to Add Section 8:531 to Chapter 105 (Housing Code) of Title VIII of the Ann Arbor City Code - (Right to Renew and...

read more

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who supported my campaign and appreciated my work these last few years! I am grateful for the new friends I have made, folks who share my interest in seeing a local democracy that is transparent and accountable. These last few years have been...

read more

Making Local Government Accessible

This summer, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to residents and explaining my work representing Ward 4. I’ve met a lot of people who do not follow our local government at all, and I have explained my orientation to our local politics these last four years. As I look...

read more

Local Support & Local Representation

Many residents have noticed the size and scale of campaign spending in Ward 4 this season and they have reached out to me in alarm about it. Most people recognize: big money in elections does not make our democracy stronger. Yesterday (Friday) was the deadline for...

read more

The Difference Is Clear

This week, residents of Ward 4 received a political mailer that illustrates a problem that motivated me to run for City Council in the first place. One of my opponents, Dharma Akmon, created a list of bullet points titled "The Difference is Clear" which summarized...

read more

People Over Profits

I published this in my "A2Council Update" newsletter on July 9, 2022 At this week’s Council meeting, advocates for municipal public power reminded us: the best public policy should counteract (rather than reinforce) the already powerful influence of corporate and...

read more