Mike Anglin beats Stuart Berry in 5th Ward race for Ann Arbor City Council
With all precincts reporting, Democratic incumbent Mike Anglin has defeated Republican challenger Stuart Berry in the 5th Ward race for the Ann Arbor City Council.
The vote count is 2,750 to 677, giving Anglin 79.6 percent of the vote and easily the win over his GOP opponent.
He and the other Republicans campaigned on a platform of realigning the city's spending priorities on basic services like public safety and infrastructure. They were particularly critical of the deep cuts to police and fire services approved by the incumbents.
Anglin, a resident of Ann Arbor for nearly two decades, has served on council since 2007.
He promised after beating Democratic challenger Neal Elyakin in the primary earlier this year that he would continue to ask tough questions on council — especially in regard to Fuller Road Station, a $121 million project that involves building a new transit center in front of the University of Michigan medical campus.
Anglin also has said he wants to use his next term to champion the idea of a community commons on the Library Lot, the site along Fifth Avenue where an underground parking garage is being built by the Downtown Development Authority.
Anglin thinks instead of major development — such as the recent conference center proposal that was defeated — it should be a space for the public to enjoy.
A retired school teacher and electrician, Anglin runs a bed and breakfast called the First Street Garden Inn in Ann Arbor with his wife, Kathy.
Anglin is one of a few council members who have earned a reputation for going against the grain at times and being a minority voice on council.
Berry moved to Ann Arbor in 1989 and works as a senior hazardous materials specialist at the University of Michigan. He said during the campaign he wanted to lower taxes and get back to basics.
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