Jane Lumm will focus on city services, constituent concerns
The email that Stephen Rapundalo inadvertently sent to AnnArbor.com’s Chief Content Officer Tony Dearing (AnnArbor.com, “Rapundalo vs. Lumm ,” Oct 23, 2011), but clearly meant for another Tony, speaks volumes about the tactics and values of Mr. Rapundalo as well as the cronyism and undercurrent of the present City Council.
His opponent for Ward 2 City Council, Jane Lumm, was researching the city’s plans related to the Malletts Creek restoration, which entailed cutting down a multitude of trees, thereby alarming people living close by. She was doing this on her own and for her neighbors and friends, not her constituents.
Meanwhile, Rapundalo (as revealed in his email) wanted Tony to “be sure and involve me in any meetings, etc. if there are any, before the election — just so I look like I’m engaged Is there something that I can write up for my e-newsletter and make myself look knowledgeable and at least neutralize her for the time being?”
What does this say about Rapundalo’s engagement with HIS constituents? Lumm is the researcher and communicator. Rapundalo can’t bother to look into his constituents’ concerns, and deviously wants Tony to make him look good. Rapundalo’s constituents have long protested that he wasn’t listening and didn’t care. Now they know the truth — in his own words.
So what do we need in Ann Arbor in 2011? These are tight economic times. We need a City Council that puts basic city services and public safety (police, fire) ahead of public art, bike paths, parking garages and transit stations. Above all, we need someone on council who represents the needs and preferences of constituents, not those of a few in city hall.
Rapundalo claims experience. I’ll take Jane’s record during her six years on City Council (1993-98) over Rapundalo’s recent six years based on the issues they attend to and the votes they cast.
Dr. Jerome (Jere) Johnston, Ann Arbor