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Ann Arbor City Council Member Proposing Charter Amendment To Return Eligibility Guidelines

Jul 8, 2014

A court ruling in May put Bob Dascola on the ballot in Ann Arbor's third ward primary.  It's also left the city without any eligibility requirements.  To address this concern City Council member Jane Lumm is proposing a charter amendment to go before voters in November.  

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Lumm says her initial proposal is to just require candidates be registered electors at the time of filing but wants council and community feedback.  She doesn't think requiring being registered in the appropriate ward for one year would be too large of a burden if that's what the community prefers.

The charter amendment and ballot language need to be finalized by the middle of August if voters are to decide the issue in November.  

Lumm says there are other aspects of the city's charter that are outdated and she thinks it may be time for a commission to review the entire document.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.