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Kunselman Recall Gaining Traction

Stephen Kunselman
Andrew Cluley
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89.1 WEMU

Update to the story that ran Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Homeless individuals and their advocates claim they are getting a positive response to their effort to recall Ann Arbor City Council member, Stephen Kunselman.

While they won't give specific numbers, critics of Third Ward Council Representative Kunselman say their effort to collect over 1,847 signatures by the end of the month is off to a good start. The recall effort centers around Kunselman's request for a tent community to be removed from the southeast part of the city. Daniel Ward has been knocking on doors in the third ward collecting signatures. Ward is of the opinion that "we're going to meet the requirement and above some." Ward feels that "a lot of people can relate to this, even the people that aren't homeless, that are just struggling lower class."

The effort could be paused, however, if Kunselman appeals the Election Commission's approval of the recall language. Kunselman has ten days to file the appeal, and hasn't made a final decision.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter— 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.