Ann Arbor Elections Update

The deadline for filing sufficient petition signatures to qualify for the Aug. 5, 2014 ballot in Ann Arbor city council and mayoral primary elections is April 22. So this is the last weekend to collect signatures. Council candidates must collect 100 signatures from voters registered in the ward they seek to represent. Mayoral candidates need 50 signatures from each of the city’s five wards.

The city’s offices closed today at noon for the holiday weekend.

Here’s a quick status report as of noon April 18 on who’s taken out petitions, who’s filed signatures, and whether they’ve been verified by the city clerk’s staff. All candidates who have taken out petitions and are eligible are Democrats.


  • Sabra Briere: petitions filed
  • Sally Petersen: petitions filed
  • Christopher Taylor: petitions filed
  • Stephen Kunselman: petitions filed and verified

Ward 1

  • Don Adams: petitions filed
  • Sumi Kailasapathy (incumbent): petitions filed and verified
  • Eric Sturgis: took out petitions but has indicated to clerk staff he will not be filing
  • Bryan Kelly: took out petitions as a candidate with no party affiliation on April 18, but according the city clerk, he does not meet the one-year durational residency and voter registration requirements in the city charter. He moved from Ward 4 to Ward 1 on Nov. 19, 2013.

Ward 2

  • Nancy Kaplan: petitions filed and verified
  • Kirk Westphal: petitions not yet filed

Ward 3

  • Bob Dascola: petitions filed and verified, but a lawsuit is pending to determine eligibility in light of one-year durational residency and voter registration requirements in the city charter.
  • Julie Grand: petitions filed and verified
  • Samuel McMullen: petitions filed

Ward 4

  • Graydon Krapohl: petitions filed and verified

Ward 5

  • Leon Bryson: petitions filed and verified
  • Chuck Warpehoski (incumbent): petitions not yet filed

Updated April 21, 2014 5:30 p.m.: Signatures have now been filed for all eligible candidates who intended to file. Clerk’s staff have also verified all signatures except for those of Chuck Warpehoski, which are still in process, and Samuel McMullen, who fell eight signatures short. McMullen has been notified of the shortfall, and he’ll have until tomorrow to hand them in.  

One Comment

  1. April 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm | permalink

    Briere’s petitions have now been verified.