All in all, it was an unprecedented effort by City Council members Kailasapathy, Lumm
, Kunselman and Anglin to show the public that they are prepared to demand open, honest, transparent government and hold proposed appointees to high standards.
Council member Jane Lumm, stunned, put her hand over her mouth and shook her head slowly.
2 City Council incumbent Jane Lumm
has the unabashed support of several City Council Democrats.
So why are card-carrying members of the Michigan Democratic Party coming out in support of the Independent candidates in Wards 1
and 2 instead of the Democrats in those races?
Ward 3 Democrat Stephen Kunselman, who's also endorsing Lumm, told a gathering of Lumm supporters "Jane Lumm is the most ethical member of City Council."
is committed to the people of this city, to their health and safety, and is absolutely the best candidate for the job.
proved that over and over."
Ward 1 Council member Sumi Kailasapathy admires Lumm, as well, and has collaborated with her
on several resolutions.
has done what she
promised to do in 2011.
Eaton, Kunselman, Kailasapathy, Lumm
and Anglin all support an ethics policy for Council members.
supported a tax hike to pay for sidewalk replacement, has voted repeatedly over the past three years to cut services, raise water and sewer fees, and in the most recent round of budget discussions, refused to support proposals put forth by Jane Lumm
to increase police staffing and restore leaf collection.
This was a subtle jab at Briere
who, in response to a resolution sponsored by her Ward
1 colleague Kailasapathy and Jane Lumm
which would have required the return hundreds of thousands of dollars skimmed from the water and sewer and street repair funds by the Percent for Art program to those funds, voted no.
In the video we hear Ward 2 incumbent Council member Jane Lumm thank her council colleagues Sally Petersen and Marcia Higgins for bringing the resolution forward.
says, "I think it's an excellent step forward.
Council member Jane Lumm has a voting record, and using that to craft a campaign message to convince voters that the incumbent needs to be replaced by someone with different views and priorities is perfectly reasonable.Â For instance, Westphal's letter accurately says that Lumm "voted against the budget.
did vote against the 2013-2014 budget, which passed 10-1.
vote and her
peers on council they listed public safety as a top priority heading into this year's budget process.
didn't see that reflected in the budget.
Jane Lumm, a Republican Council member in the late 90s, ran as an independent candidate in 2011 and beat Democratic incumbent Stephen Rapundalo.
husband found the increasingly conservative views of the national Republican party difficult to relate to.
is a fiscal conservative, and a social progressive; she
is not a Libertarian.
In the partisan politics of the GOP and DCCC, Jane Lumm
is a political fish without a pond, but fortunately she
lives in Ann Arbor, where fish without ponds find creeks, streams and other places to swim.
On September 22nd Lumm
kicked off her
campaign at a gathering at Paesano's.
It's an apt choice of locations, if one understands that in Italian the word paesano,Â theÂ dialectal form ofÂ compaesanoÂ means "compatriot.
One paesano greeting another?
You come from the same region of Italy, say, Lazio or Apulia.
At Jane Lumm's
event, there were plenty of paesani, politicos from the same region of fiscal responsibility, social and environmental progressivism.
Ward 1 Democratic Council member Sumi Kailasapathy was there; she is endorsing Lumm.
City Council Ward 5 Democrat Mike Anglin, too, has thrown his
support behind his
colleague, Jane Lumm
made a point of welcoming her
Council colleagues, beginning with Kunselman.
3 politico, fresh off a tough re-election campaign which he
won by fewer than 2 percentage points, smiled and asked Lumm
"I want to announce that I am endorsing Jane Lumm
," said Kunselman, his arm around Lumm's
"There is no other more ethical Council member than Jane
said, looking out at the crowd of 50 people gathered.
and challenger Kirk Westphal aren't paesani, and not just because of their differing political affiliation.
does not support repurposing parkland or using parkland for transit.
In fact, she
sponsored a resolution to expand the Charter-mandated protections guaranteed to our parkland to include leasing.
According to Jane Lumm's
campaign website and literature her
top priority is public safety.
writes in her
palmcard, "I have led the efforts to begin transitioning the city employee's pension plan from a defined benefit plan to a lower cost, more sustainable....defined contribution plan."
In her previous run for City Council
raised over $20,000, a formidable war chest that Westphal
is unlikely to match.
The home owner said the Westphal supporter had described Jane
as a 'trouble-maker" who 'asks questions all the time' and 'won't go along with anything.'" At this point the Lumm supporter chuckled.
The homeowner, as it turns out, had reported telling the Westphal canvasser that he wanted a Council representative who asked questions and didn't simply go along with everything.
"That's what Democratic governance is all about," said the Lumm supporter.
In November 2011, Jane Lumm
trounced Hieftje ally Stephen Rapundalo.
The issue of ethics should be of interest, because unlike Briere her
opponent wants to work together with Ward
1 Council member Kailasapathy, Ward
2 Council members Petersen and Lumm
3 Council member Kunselman, Ward
4 Council member elect Eaton and Ward
5 Council member Anglin to craft and institute a strict conflict of interest policy for council members and political appointees.