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Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 7:40 p.m.

Jane Lumm is a much-needed voice on Ann Arbor City Council

By Letters to the Editor

It is no mistake that Jane Lumm has gathered support not only from 2nd Ward constituents but from across the city, including Democrats and environmentalists.

She will become one of the much needed “other voices” on the Ann Arbor City Council. Jane is not only well qualified and experienced, she is a champion for our parks and deeply concerned over our public lands and the public process.

She is willing to study and act on the public financial and social consequences of multi-million dollar projects. We long for an additional member on council who will really listen to her constituents, work with them, and support and join in open dialogue city-wide.

- Barbara Bach, John & Gwen Nystuen, Ann Arbor



Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

Jane Lumm is a traditional Republican. She has been endorsed by other traditional Republicans. She has also been endorsed by leading figures in the Left wing of the local Democratic Party, who are disaffected with the Mayor and with a majority of the City Council (all Democrats) That does not add up to a wide spectrum of support. It adds up to a coalition of the two ends against the middle.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 11:14 p.m.

You are partially correct. Vivienne Armentrout, Tom Wieder and David Cahill are supporting Jane Lumm and both are progressive liberals who vocally oppose the Council Party. In fact it was Vivienne Armentrout who coined the term "Council Party". Prior to that the Council Party was known as the "Gang of Seven", a term coined by Coucilman Suarez. Certain supporters of the Sierra Club and Huron Valley Greens , two fine organizations who care about the environment and its inhabitants, have been among the persons who have been enamored with the candidacy of Jane Lumm.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 1:02 p.m.

She may be an ideal council member but this opinion piece doesn't quantify her abilities. Running for office is the same as applying for a job. If a job application or character reference was as mealy as the above letter then I imagine an employer would move on the next applicant. I think it's great that incumbents and opponents have their supporters. But this and another op-ed piece posted today are the equivalent of pom-pom waving cheerleaders - a nice distraction that has nothing to do with the players. Give me some hard cold facts. What exactly has she done lately. On a positive note, I haven't seen any negative campaigning. Very nice indeed.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 2:05 a.m.

Agreed. Vote for Jane, Eric, and the other two non-incumbents to bring some balance and leadership to a city council desperately in need of it!


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 1:27 a.m.

Jane Lumm is indeed supported by a wide cross-section of the political spectrum. She trumpets on her campaign website support of many prominent Democrats as well as Republicans. A number of local Green Party activists are excited by her candidacy as well. The Sierra Club endorsement is a testament to public recognition of her pro-evironment attitudes. Steve Rapundalo has an endorsement from Congressman John Dingell - lot of good that did for Sheriff Dan Minzey and Councilman Leigh Greden the last few years - they each could not pull in 40% of the respective vote in each of their primary elections. Jane Lumm, on the balance, is the better candidate.