What voters are saying in the 2nd Ward race for Ann Arbor City Council
The polls have closed in Ann Arbor. And though election results aren't yet in, it appears Independent challenger Jane Lumm might have a shot at ousting Stephen Rapundalo.
A majority of voters interviewed by AnnArbor.com in the last hour of polling indicated they were favoring Lumm over Rapundalo in the 2nd Ward race for the Ann Arbor City Council.
"To be honest, the single most important issue for me in this particular election was the pedestrian ordinance," said Darren Millman, referring to the new law that Ann Arbor motorists must stop for pedestrians approaching crosswalks.
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That statement, Millman said, was voting against Rapundalo, who supported the passage of the pedestrian safety ordinance and has continued to defend it.
Stan and Susan Monroe also voted for Lumm.
"I know her, she's in our neighborhood, and she seems like a very reasonable and responsible person," Stan Monroe said. "I think Jane would do a great job as a city council person."
Susan Monroe said the same.
"She's somebody who thinks a lot like I do," she said of Lumm. "She was running as an Independent. Previously I think she had been a Republican. But I don't care what label you put on her, she's a reasonable person and looks at all sides of the issues."
Robert Dittmar said he went with Rapundalo, and some of that had to do with the fact that he's a Democrat.
"And I wasn't sure that I agreed with most of the things Jane Lumm had to say about the future direction of the city," he said, expressing concern about her lack of support for the Fuller Road Station project and other long-term initiatives the council majority has worked on.
"I actually support those ideas," he said, adding he suspects Lumm is more of a Republican than an Independent. "She seemed to be sort of in line with the sort of things I don't agree with from the Republican Party on a national level."
Sam Offen, who served with Rapundalo on a committee that evaluated development proposals for the Library Lot, declined to say who he voted for.
"I didn't support either candidate," he said, though he did vote for one of them. "Both people have certainly a lot of experience, but there's also a downside to each of the candidates."
Asked who he voted for, Michael Klement said "absolutely Jane Lumm." He said he was excited to support her at the polls because of her work on neighborhood issues.
"Jane has been very instrumental in representing the area in which I live with many issues that have come up recently, not the least of which is the Huron Hills Golf Course situation," he said. "I happen to have gotten a chance to get to know Jane through that. And independent of that issue, as a person, I think she's outstanding. I think she was born to represent."
Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for AnnArbor.com. Reach him at email@example.com or 734-623-2529. You also can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to AnnArbor.com's e-mail newsletters.