Like many Ann Arbor citizens, I first came to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan. I liked the city, its neighborhoods, the trees and the parks. I enjoyed the entertainment opportunities of the University. I met my wife Cecile in Ann Arbor. Like so many others, we stayed because we believe that Ann Arbor is a special place. I have lived in Ann Arbor since 1985 and my wife has lived here even longer.
In 1998, our family moved to our present home in the Dicken neighborhood on the west side of Ward 4. We moved here so that our children, Dan and Rachel, could attend the Dicken Elementary school. One of the reasons living in Ann Arbor has been enjoyable is because I have many very wonderful neighbors. This experience has convinced me of the importance of protecting and preserving our residential neighborhoods.
Since our neighborhoods, trees and parks have been important to me I have been active in supporting them, both in my neighborhood and throughout the city. I have served as the president of the Friends of Dicken Woods. I founded the South Maple Group and co-founded the Neighborhood Alliance. My community involvement led me to run for City Council.
I recently retired from practicing law. During my career I represented labor unions and their members. My experience will provide the skill to work collegially with all on Council, and help resolve simple differences, and as well as complex disputes.
It has been my pleasure to represent Ward 4 since November 2013. When I ran for Council in 2013, I promised to listen to the concerns of Fourth Ward residents and approach each issue with common sense. In speaking to my Ward 4 neighbors, I heard the same themes repeated: City Hall needs to focus on the basics—water, sewer, solid waste, recycling, composting, infrastructure and safety. I have tried to represent those priorities on Council.
As just one person on an eleven-member Council, I have not always been on the prevailing side of issues. I have, however, always done my best to represent the voices of the Ward 4 residents I currently serve.
I do not always agree with every member of Council but I pride myself on being civil and on being willing to compromise. Since November 2013, I have sponsored or co-sponsored more than 40 resolutions.
Most of these resolutions have passed. In other words, a majority of Council members voted in favor of those resolutions.
I worked closely with Council colleagues for:
- Safety services
- Improved pedestrian safety
- Maintenance of our streets sewers and water mains
- Protection of neighborhood character
The Council is responsible for setting broad policy for the city administration to implement. The Council is also responsible for exercising oversight of that implementation. Within the area of setting policy, I believe the most important actions by Council are the budget decisions we make. The budget determines how we allocate our scarce resources to best serve the needs and desires of the community. I place a high priority on public services, public safety, and essential infrastructure.
I hope you will vote for me for Mayor of Ann Arbor so I can continue to pursue our residents’ vision of the future while keeping a watchful eye on how tax revenues are spent. As I campaign, I will be knocking on doors to ask you what is important to you. I look forward to meeting as many voters as I can and hearing from you about your vision for the future of our community. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me and explore my campaign website.