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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Candidates file for election in Ypsilanti

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Only Dems run in city contests, August proves to be critical vote

By Dan DuChene
May. 11, 2010    ·    5:51 p.m.


The deadline to file as a partisan candidate for the general election in November passed this afternoon, leaving contested races for every available seat in the city.

With every candidate filing as a Democrat, the August primary will likely become the heated contest for the mayoral and City Council elections in Ypsilanti. Independent candidates can still run in November, with their filing deadline set for July 15.

The deadline to run as a partisan candidate was today at 4 p.m.

As announced last week, City Councilmember Pete Murdock, D-Ward 3, is challenging Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber for his seat. Deputy City Clerk Ed Golembiewski said both candidates have filed their paperwork to run as candidates.

Aside from the mayoral race, Golembiewski said the paper work has been turned in for two candidates in Ward 3, two candidates in Ward 2 and four candidates in Ward 1.

Schreiber was elected four years ago after defeating both Ypsilanti resident Steve Pierce and City Councilmember Lois Richardson, D-Ward 1. He is running against Murdock, who was elected to City Council two years ago and served as mayor for Ypsilanti during the 1980s.

Brian Robb, D-Ward 3, is the only incumbent seeking re-election in the three City Council races. Neither Bill Nickels, D-Ward 2, or Mayor Pro Tem Trudy Swanson-Winston, D-Ward 1, are running this year.

The most contested seat is Winston's in Ward 1. Four candidates, including many familiar names are running for her seat.

Tyrone Bridges, who ran and lost against Richardson in 2008; Juanita House, who ran and lost against Winston in 2006; Pierce and newcomer Ricky Jefferson will run against each other for the Ward 1 seat in August.

Daniel Vogt and Claudia Pettit will face each other for Nickels' Ward 2 seat. Neither candidate has run for political office in the past eight years.

Ted Windish, who ran and lost as a write-in candidate against Murdock in 2008, is challenging Robb's seat in Ward 3.

The candidates listed will be contacted by the Citizen for interviews as our election coverage ramps up during the next few weeks.

Golembiewski said this November city voters will also have to decide if they want the charter revised. He said the charter requires the city to ask voters for a revision every eight general elections. Nine commissioners must be elected in November, the same time voters are to decide whether or not revise the charter.

No candidates have filed to run for the charter commission, Golembiewski said. He said only one person has come in to City Hall to pick up an information packet. The filing deadline to run for the charter commission is 4 p.m. July 15.

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