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Posted on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 8:30 a.m.

Lightfoot, Leonard right choices for Ann Arbor school board; Rapundalo for City Council

By Letters to the Editor

As an Ann Arbor resident and graduate of the Ann Arbor Public School system it disappoints me that school board races don't get more voter turnout or publicity. This year there are a number of candidates running for school board, and two of them deserve our support and they are Simone Lightfoot and Patrick Leonard.

Simone Lightfoot is a current school board member who has worked tirelessly on improving the busing debacle and fighting for the rights of all students, and is a key asset to the school board. Simone is also a graduate of the Ann Arbor Public School system, which is a plus and gives her a better understanding of school issues. Her support from Trustee Susan Baskett and Glenn Nelson also should carry a lot of weight, as they are key members of the school board.

Patrick Leonard is a University of Michigan graduate and graduate of the Ann Arbor Public School system. Leonard is young, energetic and just what the school board needs. There is going to be no one better than Patrick Leonard to understand the needs of the students, as he was recently one. Patrick has strong ties to the school system and support from Trustees Christine Stead and Irene Patalan, also very important for continuity on the school board. When going to vote make sure to Vote Lightfoot and Leonard for Ann Arbor Public School Board In the 2nd Ward, we have two very good candidates running for City Council. I was a supporter of Jane Lumm when she ran for Mayor, and still believe that Jane Lumm would be a good city council woman.

However, Stephen Rapundalo is essential to the City Council and should be re-elected. Rapundalo works tirelessly for residents in the 2nd Ward and has a strong financial background something that is needed in these economic times. Rapundalo also has broken ranks with other Democrats and is one of the more independent democrats on City Council. While Jane Lumm would do a good job, we need Stephen Rapundalo. Make sure to Vote Rapundalo for 2nd Ward City Council on Tuesday.

- Eric A Sturgis, Ann Arbor


Alan Goldsmith

Sun, Nov 6, 2011 : 11:56 a.m.

"Rapundalo also has broken ranks with other Democrats and is one of the more independent democrats on City Council." Union busting, insulting public employees, et. al. Right. When he's not 'pretending' to be engaged. Lol.

Tex Treeder

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 11:59 p.m.

Thank you for your input. Since you also endorsed Rapundalo, I will take your recommendation of these two BoE candidates with a big grain of salt.

Tom Wieder

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 10:52 p.m.

Rapundalo is "one of the more independent [D]emocrats" on Council? You must be kidding. How many times has he ever voted differently from the Mayor and the controlling block on Council? Rarely. As for his "strong financial background," it's hard to see evidence of that, either. First, he was among the strongest supporters of the wrong-headed conference center proposal, claiming there was no financial risk to the city. Then, he reversed course and co-sponsored the Council resolution to kill the proposal, which cited "the level of risk that the City would encumber" in proceeding with the proposal. At a recent campaign event, he reversed again, saying, condescendingly, to Jane Lumm, "What part of 'no financial risk' don't you understand." So much understanding, and being consistent about, financial matters.