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Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 2:46 p.m.

Lumm raises $19K to Rapundalo's $4K in race for Ann Arbor City Council

By Ryan J. Stanton

The campaign finance reports are out in the 2nd Ward race for the Ann Arbor City Council and they show Jane Lumm has raised $18,950 to Stephen Rapundalo's $4,420.

Those are dollars raised during the reporting period between Aug. 23 and Oct. 23. Counting money he raised prior to then, Rapundalo, the incumbent, actually raised about $8,500 while campaigning this year, about $6,700 of which he spent by the reporting deadline.


Ann Arbor City Council Member Stephen Rapundalo, D-2nd Ward, and Independent challenger Jane Lumm are in the middle of a heated race that could be close.

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Lumm, a former Republican council member, emerged as a surprise Independent challenger in August after Rapundalo defeated Democratic challenger Tim Hull in the primary.

She has spent nearly $11,700 on her campaign compared to the nearly $3,500 Rapundalo has spent since late August. Lumm also took in nearly 200 individual donations in that time, while Rapundalo had a little more than 30 individual supporters.

Rapundalo's biggest donors were Pizza House owners Dennis and Matthew Tice, who collectively gave $1,000. He also received $425 from Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner Janis Bobrin, $250 from the Inspire Michigan PAC, and $100 each from Mayor John Hieftje and Council Members Christopher Taylor and Margie Teall.

He also received $100 each from Downtown Development Authority board members Joan Lowenstein and John Splitt.

Lumm received donations of $200 or more from nearly three dozen people, including former Mayor Ingrid Sheldon and Ed Shaffran, owner of real estate firm The Shaffran Companies. She received $250 from attorney Bruce Elliott and $500 from retiree Ann Edwards, as well as several donations from past council members and political candidates.

The election is Nov. 8.

Go here for previous coverage of the issues that are shaping the race.

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Tim R. Land

Tue, Nov 8, 2011 : 10:46 p.m.

If Lumm raised so much money, why does she have a terrible website and presentation? Her endorsed communication skills are horrendous. If she can't even manage to pull together a cohesive campaign - imagine what her ability to lead a city must be like...


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:46 p.m.

I know the green-eyed monster when I see him!!

Don B. Arfkahk

Sun, Nov 6, 2011 : 12:23 p.m.

Let's get some good o'l pure-bred American anti-marijuana conservatives on the board! If it weren't for those types, no one would have died because they smoked pot.

Alan Goldsmith

Sun, Oct 30, 2011 : 12:55 p.m.

Personally I think contributions to Ms. Lumm spiked after endorsed her opponent. Lol.

Alan Goldsmith

Sun, Oct 30, 2011 : 12:47 p.m.

Another reason money isn't going to rule this election process and why Stephen Rapundalo is going to lose: <a href=""></a>


Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 11:47 a.m.

Jane worked with us on ann arbor public schools bond program as a community member. She has an incredible amount of integrity and is extremely aware of fiscal accountability. I would endorse her especially in these times when government needs to be most responsive to the primary function of government. I believe she would keep city council focused.


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 11:32 p.m.

Those who are supporting Jane Lumm should also be contributing to Eric Scheie's campaign in the Fourth Ward. Sould Jane win, the Council Party will still have a 6-4 majority, but if Eric Scheie beats Mayor Pro Tempore Marcia Higgins then the Council Party loses their majority on City Council and John Hieftje becomes the tie-breaker.


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 11 p.m.

If I lived in the 2nd ward, I would vote for Lumm. Alas, I live in the people's republic of the 1st ward.

Peter Eckstein

Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 9:54 p.m.

The campaign finance report bears out the truth of one of Jane's campaign themes--she wants &quot;to represent the neighborhoods to City Hall, not City Hall to the neighborhoods.&quot; Not only does Jane have 200 individual contributors to Stephen's 30, but the vast majority of hers live in the Ward. If one were to compare on the basis of Second Ward residents alone, the ratio of more than six to one would be even higher. Apparently the neighbors do not now feel they are being well represented to City Hall.


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 9:43 p.m.

&quot;Lumm, a former Republican council member, emerged as a surprised Independent challenger in August after Rapundalo defeated Democratic challenger Tim Hull in the primary.&quot; What, did someone file her candidacy papers without her knowledge?


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:44 p.m.

Your bad!!


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 9:37 p.m.

Thanks for the info Ryan. I wont be spending a dime at Pizza House now. When you need public safety remember who you have chosen to support. &quot;Rapundalo said despite the cuts, the number of officers on patrol hasn't gone down and residents should feel secure that city officials are looking out for their safety.&quot; There are lies, damn lies and statements from Rapundalo.


Sun, Oct 30, 2011 : 9:08 p.m.

Yes, I agree. We will never eat at the Pizza House ever again.


Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 9:58 p.m.

That I disagree with.


Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 9:57 p.m.

@Kai That's your choice and I respect that. I will not patronize a business that supports people or causes that disagree with no matter how good the food is. That's my choice. @Roadman Thanks for the info. Tells me I'm making a solid choice where not to spend my money.


Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 5:57 a.m.

The Pizza House hosted John Hieftje's victory party previously. It has been a hang-out of the Council Party.

Kai Petainen

Sat, Oct 29, 2011 : 2:28 a.m.

i'll eat there. Judge them on food not on who they support.


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 8:17 p.m.

This election...I WILL vote for a 'Change'! Getting so tired of self serving, bordering on insane city leadership. Let's get some fiscal responsibility put into place...finally for that change.


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 7:42 p.m.

Go Jane, Go! Vote No to all City Council Incumbents to restore balance, leadership, and fiscal sanity. Be engaged for Ann Arbor, vote for Jane, Eric, and the other non-incumbents on November 8th!


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 11:33 p.m.

Jane and Eric should have run a joint campaign.


Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 7:23 p.m.

I gave to Lumm, and I would give more if I could! Get rid of the pedestrian ordinance ASAP!!!