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Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

Eller exhibits real-world experience, skills needed for City Council

By Letters to the Editor

As a former City Assessor for the City of Ypsilanti, I understand City Hall and the fiscal challenges we are facing. Revenue-only solutions (i.e. higher taxes), unanimously supported by our current council representatives, are not the answer.

We need new management, with new ideas, to keep property taxes in check while still delivering core services. Mike Eller, candidate for City Council in Ward 3, is the right man for the job.

Mike is a businessman, local employer, and city investor, who has the skills and real-world experience to guide our city through difficult times. I have worked closely with Mike, in my capacity as a public servant, and have found his friendly but no-nonsense business style refreshing and effective. Mike was instrumental in defeating the recent proposal to hike city taxes, and would continue to put the interests of city residents first if elected to Council.

I endorse and support Mike Eller for City Council. He has drive. He has enthusiasm. He is the only choice for a new direction. Please vote for Mike Eller on Tuesday, August 7.

Carole Clare

3rd Ward resident

Ann Arbor



Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 8:22 p.m.

Mr. Eller knocked on my door over the weekend. When I asked him how he could be part of the America First Party one day and then a Democrat the next, he told me he was never a member of the America First Party. Anyone that will lie to your face shouldn't hold elected office.


Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 3:56 p.m.

Eller is still a part of the democratic populist caucus. They have the same platform as the america first party.


Fri, Jul 27, 2012 : 10:16 p.m.

Very unlikely that Eller would say that. He is not exactly shy about who he supports, let alone something as obvious as his past involvement in the America First Party. It's all over the Internet after all. Much more likely that you are lying. But there are different flavors of Democrats, and if you dislike people growing up and changing political affiliation or emphasis, I guess you will be voting for Ted Windish. He is the only consistent one out there. Based on above comment, Pete Murdock conveniently switched to Democrat in the year he first ran for council too, so I suppose that makes him a liar in your book, and unsuited for election?

Ypsilanti City Resident

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 4:49 p.m.

Pete Murdock once belonged to the Ypsilanti HRP (Human Rights Party), a left-wing organization that later changed its name to the Democratic Socialist Caucus - and as far as I can tell, Pete remained a member until 1976. He ran as a Democrat because of philosophical compatibility not out of convenience or opportunism." This from the man who changed his political affiliation to Democrat just before running for City Council in 1977. Not a Democrat for convenience ??. From Wikipedia: The Ypsilanti HRP changed its name to the Democratic Socialist Caucus and elected other members to the city council as well as electing Peter Murdock as mayor. At one point, the DSC controlled nine of the eleven city council seats as well as the mayor's position. It ceased to exist in 1986.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 3:47 p.m.

It is interesting to view Mike's 2008 city council campaign page when he ran under the America First Party Banner.

Michael Bodary

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 3:33 p.m.

Mike Eller is local chairman of the American Populist Party. He is not a Democrat or Republican but much closer to being a John Birch Society member. See their info at: Then tell me if this is the kind of person you want to represent Ypsilanti. " The party is pro-life, opposes all gun control, seeks to end affirmative action, racial quotas, and illegal and unlimited immigration. " Might as well elect Pat Buchannan! Support Pete Murdock for someone who is a true Democrat and knows how city government works. Pete felt that the citizens needed the choice of paying back lost revenue or downsizing govt. They made their choice and now pete will carry on with their wishes and make the cuts to try to stay solvent. Mr Eller has no plan forward. Businesses and cities are totally different in how they run.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 1:27 p.m.

Is Mile Eller an undercover Republican or a Lying Democrat? He stands for: (Conservative Republican Ideas, Like I hear on Rush Limbaugh's show) police, fire, streets, and trash pick-up - first making Ypsilanti a business-friendly town truly representing the taxpayers and against: adopting a City Income Tax burdening taxpayers with additional debt


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 9:20 p.m.

Heavens to Betsy! How on earth could Ypsilanti tolerate a Council member who supports trash pick-up, police, fire, a business-friendly atmosphere and who opposes burdening working citizens with higher taxes? Sounds like Eller is exactly what Ypsilanti needs.