Issues Explained

Development

In my first campaign, I was framed as a one-issue anti-development candidate. In my second bid, I was challenged not to accept campaign contributions from developers. The fact is, I am an entrepreneur and I believe in responsible private development that helps to address our current policies and goals.

On council, my decision process for development is guided on advancing and protecting our public interests and following our Comprehensive Land Use Plan. There is a false pretext that we need to bend the rules to attract developers to build in Ann Arbor. I believe through our tax base, people, and cultural institutions, we have fostered a highly desirable place to live, work, visit and invest.

Dioxane Plume Cleanup

Since 1987, our area communities have watched with great concern as the 1,4 dioxane plume has spread underneath our homes and now into our watershed and possibly into our basements.

After decades of inadequate cleanup and failed obligations, in 2020 City Council formally asked Governor Whitmore to petition the EPA for intervention and to have the plume designated as a “Superfund” site. The EPA has greater enforcement powers to compel the polluter to pay for the cleanup.

Our community owes a huge debt of gratitude to the members of the Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane (CARD), whose tireless efforts have been instrumental and invaluable in collecting data and moving us closer to EPA intervention.

Safe drinking water is a human right, and I will continue to defend the progress we have made to ensure that we have safe drinking water for Ann Arbor’s future generations.

Our Local Independent Businesses

I have owned and operated Jerusalem Garden since I took over the business in 1993. I know first-hand the challenges many small businesses in Ann Arbor face – worker shortages, lack of workforce housing, and increasing costs of doing business. These have only gotten worse during the pandemic and the resulting inflationary pressures felt across all sectors of our economy.

At the onset of the pandemic, I meet frequently with our City Administrator and downtown business associations. Together, we were able to quickly respond with bagging meters to facilitate curbside pickup, closing streets and allowing for safe outdoor dining experiences, to name a few.

Our small local businesses are the heart and soul of our community’s social fabric and economic vitality, and Ann Arbor has a long history of supporting our loc. On council, I will continue to use my experience to focus attention on this sector of our community.