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Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 8:22 p.m.

Stephen Rapundalo works tirelessly for Ann Arbor

By Letters to the Editor

I am writing on behalf of Stephen Rapundalo for Ann Arbor City Council. He has worked tirelessly for Ann Arbor as long as he has been on City Council. He does his homework on issues and votes based on studying issues and listening to his constituents.

In a time of significant economic challenges, he has worked to keep Ann Arbor solvent, making very difficult decisions that are often not politically or emotionally easy. I do not always agree with Mr. Rapundalo's votes which speaks even more volumes when I am unwavering in my vote for him. Whether I agree or disagree on any issue, I know that Stephen has done his homework and that he votes with the utmost honesty and integrity even when his decision may be unpopular.

City Council needs people who are strong enough to make the difficult decisions. I will vote for Mr. Rapundalo and encourage others to do the same.

- Bill and Fran Phillips, Ann Arbor



Mon, Nov 7, 2011 : 8:15 p.m.

When you get your city's mayor to do door to door campaign there is something wrong with that picture.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 1:55 p.m.

Tirelessly? Yes . . . The wheels (and tires) have fallen off the give-away-golf-course-and-parkland Hieftje cart . There are better candidates to represent 2nd ward and Ann Arbor, hopefully ending the tenure of secret-society and secret-agenda nonsense.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 6:31 p.m.

The Gang of Seven is inimical to the interests of A2 citizens and should be swept from office. Give me Internet access or give me death!


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 1:39 p.m.

Man Steve did not do a thing to the unions or their healthcare. Steve takes credit for what Rick Snyder did. Steve loves to take credit for work done by others and loves to mischaracterize the facts to support his position. In other words, he is not truthful. The Unions never asked for a raise so how did Steve win a wage freeze? That statement is incorrect.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 6:30 p.m.

Todd: What about the beefed-up employee contributions to the benefit package? Is that something the Union backed? There had to be a dispute if there was arbitration - a dispute Steve won! On the other hand, if you are supporting Jane Lumm - we are on the same team.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 1:31 p.m.



Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 12:46 p.m.

Working tirelessly is not the same as being effective. This opinion piece would hold water if the writers had provided us with substantiated results of the council member's tireless efforts.

Stuart Brown

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 2:32 a.m.

Rapundalo works hard, but for who? If you like someone who tirelessly represents City Hall to his Second Ward constituents, vote for Rapundalo. If you would prefer someone who will represent the Second Ward residents to City Hall, vote for Jane Lumm! It is really that simple.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 1:05 p.m.

He even is caught asking for talking points from another member of the Mayors cabal so that he can appear to be knowledgeable and engaged at an election forum. Unbelievable. Vote for Jane, who actually is!


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 2:02 a.m.

This is the funniest thing I've read in a while. Rapundalo votes in lock step with the Mayors cabal without regard to the citizens desires, feedback, or concerns. He's as much as said the issues are too complicated for us to understand. Vote for Jane, Eric, and the other two non-incumbents to bring some balance and leadership back to a city council desperately in need of it.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 1:16 a.m.

I liked Steve's hard line in negotiations with the Ann Arbor Police union. The average AAPD patrolman makes over $80,000 per annum. He won a two-year salary freeze which will amount to "big bucks" to taxpayers depending on the rate of inflation. That union actually saw their benefit package get cut down to size as well with Steve extracting more employee contributions. I support Jane Lumm, however I believe that Steve is indeed a hardworking and diligent Ann Arbor City Council representative and want to give credit where it is due.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 2:16 a.m.

Why are you giving him credit for something the Governor and Michigan Legislature enacted on public unions? You're giving him credit that he is certainly not due Roadman.