Jack Eaton announces campaign for Ann Arbor City Council in 4th Ward
After losing to Democratic incumbent Margie Teall two years ago, Ann Arbor resident Jack Eaton is back taking another shot at running for City Council.
Eaton announced on Friday he will be filing petitions to run in the August Democratic primary for a chance to represent 4th Ward residents.
Eaton, a 27-year resident of the Ann Arbor area, has lived in the Dicken Elementary School neighborhood on the city's west side for 14 years. He originally came to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan.
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"We must establish sensible priorities, rebuild our safety services and maintain our infrastructure," he said. "We are now in a position where we can restore public safety staffing and begin to address our infrastructure needs."
Eaton said he would advocate budget priorities that put services to residents before "extravagant projects."
An early member of the Friends of Dicken Woods, Eaton also founded the South Maple Group and co-founded the Neighborhood Alliance. He was part of a group of activists that lobbied the City Council to halt a hotel and conference center proposal on the Library Lot.
Eaton said while he believes a healthy downtown is important, he also believes the city must find a way to balance downtown efforts with the concerns and interests of neighborhoods.
As the city recovers from the recession, he said city officials must pay particular attention to rebuilding the services that were cut to balance the budget in recent years. He believes the city should work to protect and maintain parks and recreation facilities.
He also wants more openness in city government, arguing the city could do a better job of tapping the ideas and energy of its citizens.
Eaton ran as part of a slate of four challengers headed by mayoral candidate Patricia Lesko two years ago. They were hoping to overthrow Mayor John Hieftje and three council members, claiming the incumbents had mismanaged the city's budget and lost sight of basic priorities, but they all were defeated in the primary.
Teall had 1,448 votes (69 percent), compared to Eaton's 642 (31 percent) with all precincts counted.
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