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Sumi Kailasapathy

Ann Arbor
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Earlier this month, Ann Arbor voters approved Proposal A, which would convert the old "Library Lot" in a new park and civic center.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Will Hathaway, one of the leaders of the Ann Arbor Central Park Ballot Committee, about the potential, environmental impacts the new park grounds may have on the city.


Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities have been busy with such matters as a lawsuit involving the Library Lot and upcoming school board elections.  These are just a few of topics discussed in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's Patrick Campion and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.

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It was light voter turnout for the primary elections in Washtenaw County. County elections director Ed Golembiewski had predicted 20-to-25% turnout among the more than 272,000 registered voters.  In the end, under 18% cast a ballot. 

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Candidates for Ann Arbor’s Ward 1 debated at the city’s Community Television Network studios last night. 

Sumi Kailasapathy

 Sumi Kailasapathy is a Democrat running for re-election as City Council Representative in Ann Arbor's 1st Ward.  This is her submission for WEMU's 2016 edition of "Soapbox Summer."

Christopher Taylor, Kirk Westphal, and Julie Grand
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Ann Arbor City Council will have three new faces later this year. It's unclear how the changes will impact what has often been a divided group.

 Ann Arbor voters will chose a new mayor this year but the changes won’t necessarily stop there.  Three of Ann Arbor’s 5 wards have contested Democratic Primaries for council seats.  The first ward race pits incumbent Sumi Kailasapathy against challenger Don Adams Junior.