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Posted on Thu, May 3, 2012 : 12:06 p.m.

Jack Eaton files to run against Margie Teall in 4th Ward race for Ann Arbor City Council

By Ryan J. Stanton

Jack Eaton is officially challenging Margie Teall for her 4th Ward seat on the Ann Arbor City Council after turning in nominating petitions.

The city clerk's office on Wednesday confirmed Eaton's petitions had enough valid signatures to qualify to appear on the ballot.

Teall will defend her seat against Eaton for the second time in two years in the Democratic primary in August. She last defeated Eaton in August 2010.


Jack Eaton


Margie Teall

Eaton, who became involved in local politics through neighborhood activism, said in a statement announcing his filing that too often Ann Arbor residents find themselves fighting their own elected leaders just to preserve what is good about their own neighborhood.

"I believe that our council members should be our advocates, not our opponents," he said. "I believe that when residents have a concern about flooding, oversized development or traffic control, they should not need to mount a major campaign to convince elected officials to take up their cause."

Eaton said although neighborhood activists are sometimes characterized as being "against everything," nothing could be further from the truth.

"We love this city and believe that what makes it special is being degraded by over-emphasis on development and under-emphasis on the quality of public services provided by the city," he said. "We want to rebuild our safety services because we cannot hope to draw new employers to a town that cannot protect its residents. We want our infrastructure well-maintained because that will protect the investment we have in our homes and businesses."

Eaton also expressed support for an Allen's Creek Greenway "because it makes economic and environmental sense" and a downtown park "because that is a necessary part of a livable downtown that will attract both visitors and residents."

Eaton is a 25-year resident of the Ann Arbor area who has lived in the Dicken neighborhood for 14 years. He and his wife Cecile have two adult children, a son and a daughter.

Eaton originally came to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan. After graduating from U-M, he earned a law degree from Wayne State University.

He now works as a labor attorney with a firm that represents public employee labor unions, but he says none have connections to the city of Ann Arbor.

A positive vision of Ann Arbor's future includes protecting what is good and unique about the city, Eaton said.

"We must promote restoration over demolition," he said. "We should value financial responsibility over indebtedness. We need to aid our residents and local businesses over chain stores and out-of-town developers."

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Dog Guy

Fri, May 4, 2012 : 4:20 p.m.

I am transported back to the 'fifties: Shall I watch Captain Kangaroo or Ding Dong School with Miss Frances?

Cendra Lynn

Fri, May 4, 2012 : 4:16 a.m.

I'm so happy! Jack could make all the difference!!


Fri, May 4, 2012 : 2:12 a.m.

Jack is a serious guy, he will do a solid job on council. Margie hasn't been the worst council rep, but she's certainly underperformed for most of her ward. Time for change, without any question.


Fri, May 4, 2012 : 12:32 a.m.

Basic city services seem to be Jack's priority.


Fri, May 4, 2012 : 1:19 a.m.

Which is basically a good idea.


Fri, May 4, 2012 : 12:24 a.m.

I stopped Jack in the neighborhood to sign his petition. Margie has done an adequate and admirable job but I truly think Jack brings a new back to basics approach that we need. This time he is running as "Jack" the guy we see at all the council meetings and does not have the baggage of his prior coalition.

Linda Peck

Thu, May 3, 2012 : 10:13 p.m.

So far I like what he likes, but his is not my ward. Good luck to you, Mr Eaton.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 8:55 p.m.

She's long over due to get the boot.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

A new voice and point of view would be very welcome on our city council. Maybe some of the real issues confronting this city could be addressed.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 6:31 p.m.

Mr. Eaton will be getting my vote. NO incumbents will get a vote from me...ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Time to move beyond the ole saying " Ann Arbor, Six square miles surrounded by reality"!!


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 9:11 p.m.

You have a good point! Care to name the good apples?


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 8:29 p.m.

Do not taint all incumbents because a few bad apples. There are incumbents who seek out the opinions of their constituents and genuinely act on their behalf. With a couple more changes in City Council responsive government will return to Ann Arbor.

Wolf's Bane

Thu, May 3, 2012 : 5:17 p.m.

"We must promote restoration over demolition." He has my vote.

Marvin Face

Thu, May 3, 2012 : 4:54 p.m.

I wonder if he has gotten smarter since last he ran. He was Mr. Negative last time and was alligned with the disaster that was Pat Lesko.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 8:15 p.m.

Well, Marvin, there was a lot to run against as there still is today. City finances have worsened since the last election and cutting police and fireman was not the best way to cause improvement. And although Pat and he may share certain views for the city (as many others do also), Jack Eaton is not Pat's soul mate.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 4:47 p.m.

Good. Ms. Teal needs some better competition this time. She barely had to campaign at all last time... re-elected on a name recognition basis only. Meanwhile she misses plenty of votes downtown. Time to go, Margie.


Fri, May 4, 2012 : 12:30 a.m.

Margie does do an adequate job although I think Marcia works a little harder. Still Jack seems ubiquitous when it comes to any important meeting within our city. I thanked him for running when I chased him down to sign his petition, I can't think of a better candidate!


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 9:09 p.m.

Hence the nicknames the "Invisible Women" of the 4th Ward. Never heard from or seen in the 4th Ward. No attempt to return communications. No attempt to participate in debates. No attempt to campaign. Limited participation in Council Meetings. Clearly SHE needs to go!!!!!!!


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 8:08 p.m.

How can she represent if she misses meetings and votes.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 5:57 p.m.

She and Marcia both miss a lot of votes. She was unavailable all last summer to help us; no reply communication by phone or email from her ever. Representation, and communication are important, and have been lacking in 4th ward, IMO.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 4:44 p.m.

I wonder if he will eventually run under the "city art" plat form.......


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 8:07 p.m.

Wonder no more, observer. He won't!


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.

What difference does that make? The Mayor is under the "Spend all you can spend" platform.