WARD 3 CHALLENGER KUNSELMAN SAYS CITY COUNCIL "LACKS DIRECTION AND LEADERSHIP"

The Ann Arbor Independent April 27, 2017

“It all comes down to failed leadership of the City Council,” said the former Ward 3 Council member. “The closure of our Materials Recovery Facility (the MRF) and the need for expensive interim hauling contracts to transport our recyclables out of state, tripling the expenses, is a glaring example of lack of clear direction and leadership. It is easy to blame City staff, but accountability lies with City Council.”

Kunselman also points to the decision by Council last year to deny a MLive FOIA request and withhold information from the public on communications between the City and the Federal Railroad Administration.

“This is a slap in the face to all progressive Ann Arborites who value open and transparent government and reflects directly on the current leadership of City Council. The lack of transparency practiced by the current Council majority is what ultimately led to my decision to run this year.”

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STEPHEN KUNSELMAN SEEKING RETURN TO ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL

MLive April 17 2017

Kunselman said he wasn't planning to run again. When he ran in 2015, he said if he won then it would be his last term. But he has grown frustrated with the current City Council while watching from the sidelines, arguing there are issues not being adequately addressed.

"It was actually a recent decision to run again," he said, mentioning the debate over the Library Lot, a property the city is considering selling to facilitate a 17-story high-rise development, as one of the main issues motivating him.

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FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER RUNNING TO REGAIN COUNCIL SEAT

The Michigan Daily April 16, 2017

“Having served 4 terms for 8 years on City Council, I am proud of the many campaigns that I have won, and lost, in the 7 campaigns I have participated in since 2006,” Kunselman wrote to the Daily. “I am happy to do my part to ensure the visions and positions of our elected officials get the electoral scrutiny they deserve.”

Kunselman named several reasons for running, chief among them his opposition to the Core Spaces building proposal, the closure of the city’s material recovery facility and the city’s redaction of communications with the Federal Railroad Administration regarding a new Amtrak station.

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