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Ann Arbor City Council Races Starting To Take Shape

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The potential number of contested Ann Arbor City Council primaries continues to grow.  While only incumbent first ward city council member Sumi Kailasapathy is officially set to appear on the August Democratic Primary ballot now, eight other people have pulled petitions.

  

In the second ward Planning commission chair Kirk Westphal is looking to run for council again as is Ann Arbor District Library Trustee Nancy Kaplan. 

In the Fifth ward incumbent Chuck Warpehoski and challenger Leon Bryson have both pulled petitions. 

Graydon Krapohl is the only fourth ward candidate to pull petitions. 

In the third ward Julie Grand says she's running for council again after narrowly being defeated by Stephen Kunselman in last summer's primary election.  Barber Bob Dascola has filed paperwork in the third ward as well, but will need a successful legal challenge to get on the ballot because he didn't register to vote in the city a year before election day. 

In the first ward Eric Sturgis pulled petitions but has said he won't file.

Candidates have until April 22nd to appear on the August primary ballot.

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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.

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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