I am pleased to announce that the Sierra Club, Huron Valley Club and the Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter have endorsed my candidacy for City Council - Third Ward.

It is a honor to be recognized by the Sierra Club and receive their support. I look forward to working together with them to address environmental issues facing our city.

Welcome! Thank you for coming to my website. I am honored that you are interested in my candidacy. I am excited to again participate in the democratic process as a candidate for elected office. As many of you may know, I served four terms as a Ward 3 Council Member and I held the position with dignity, respect and honor.

I have always been a strong and effective voice for the residents of Ward 3, and for all Ann Arbor citizens, by using common sense and fiscal responsibility as the basis for governing. If elected, I will work cooperatively and graciously with my council colleagues with an emphasis on open and vigorous debate of all the issues facing our great city.

I will prioritize the public’s health, safety and welfare; and I will advocate for open and transparent government, funding of our parks system, and rebuilding of our public safety department.

It was a recent decision to run again, however after talking with downtown business owners, neighbors and supporters, it became increasingly clear to me that too many important issues are not adequately addressed by City Council and far too often our elected representatives are dismissive of alternative solutions.

The recent vote on Council to sell and lease hundreds of parking spaces shows a disregard to the concerns that local business expressed about their economic viability downtown with the loss of these parking spaces – spaces built with federally subsidized bonds for public use, not private developers.

The closure of our Materials Recovery Facility and the need for expensive interim hauling contracts to transport our recyclables out of state – and tripling the costs – is a glaring example of the lack of clear direction and failed leadership on Council.

Last year, our elected officials voted to withhold information from the public on communications between City officials and the Federal Railroad Administration regarding the city’s train station projects – this is a slap in the face to all progressive Ann Arborites who value open and transparent government.

I have the experience, effectiveness and ethical fortitude to provide solid representation for all Ward 3 residents. I will continue to be a courageous steward of their trust.

Stephen Kunselman

Vote Kunselman for Council August 8th!