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Thank you Ypsilanti
By Dan DuChene & Christine Laughren
Jun. 23, 2010   ·   5:07 p.m.

Christine Laughren and Dan DuChene, co-owners of the Ypsilanti Citizen, pose in front of their company's banner at Frenchie's during the Citizen's one-year anniversary party.

The Ypsilanti Citizen was launched in November 2008 to inform the Ypsilanti community about the news and events that were happening in their area.

Since our launch,...read more

Crossroads Summer Festival; rockin’ ladies night
By Dave Heikkinen and Frank Wright
Jun. 23, 2010   ·   4:37 p.m.

Barbara Payton and the Big Boss Trio rock Washington Street.

A special Ladies Night was held Friday at the 2010 Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Just...read more

Crossroads to hold Ladies Night for Relay for Life
By Dave Heikkinen and Frank Wright
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   9:13 a.m.

On June 11, the 2010 Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival featured a rousing opening set from roots and blue grass band Dragon Wagon.

Dragon Wagon was joined on...read more

Electric rail pollution leads to dirty laundry
By Laura Bien
Jun. 15, 2010   ·   11:42 a.m.

From the approximate vantage point of the present-day Materials Unlimited, the interurban car barn and powerhouse on Michigan Avenue loomed large.

Maggie Smith was not looking forward to a forenoon of sewing pleats.

She put down her newest customer’s summer dress. Downstairs, she offered to get potatoes...read more

EMU students in wartime
By Laura Bien
Jun. 1, 2010   ·   10:32 a.m.

The 1942 Aurora yearbook, the 50th
anniversary edition, included images that contrasted modern and
old-time students.

Leroy Grindle was an Ypsilantian soldier who lost his life in WWII. He was a member of the Michigan Normal (EMU) class of ’41, and is memorialized with a black...read more

Murdock's candidacy kicks off Ypsi mayoral race

City Councilmember Pete Murdock, D-Ward 3, filed his paper work today to run against Mayor Paul Scheiber in August's Democratic Primary. Photo by Murdock for Mayor

City Councilmember Pete Murdock, D-Ward 3, filed his paper work today to run against Mayor Paul Scheiber in August's Democratic Primary.
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Letter to the Editor

By Murdock for Mayor
May. 7, 2010    ·    4:41 p.m.

Today, Third Ward Councilmember Pete Murdock filed nominating petitions to run for Mayor of the City of Ypsilanti. In announcing his candidacy, Murdock stated:

“Ypsilanti is facing difficult challenges over the next four years. The convergence of Michigan’s economic woes, population decline and foreclosure crisis all are impacting Ypsilanti. Loss of property tax revenue, state shared revenue, and the addition of Water Street debt have all hindered the city’s ability to provide services at levels our people expect. The Ypsilanti community has successfully overcome challenges before. Rolling up our sleeves and getting to work while being creative and flexible to adapt to changing conditions will be the key to our success.

"My unmatched experience, knowledge of issues and common sense approach best position me to tackle the issues before us. My proven leadership in having a dialogue with citizens and my council colleagues has established a track record of getting things done. All in all, my strong background in city affairs and effective leadership make me the voters' best choice for mayor of Ypsilanti and to guide us in the future."

About Pete Murdock
Pete Murdock was elected to Ypsilanti City Council from Ward Three in 2008. Prior to that, Murdock acquired extensive experience in municipal affairs, serving previously as mayor and City Councilmember, as well as on such committees as the Ypsilanti Housing Commission, Economic Development Corporation, Downtown Development Authority, Ypsilanti Community Utility Authority, Washtenaw Affordable Housing Corporation, Washtenaw Area Transportation Committee, to name a few.

Murdock is a member of the Historic East Side Neighborhood Association, the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation, the Ypsilanti Food Co-Op, Huron Valley Chapter of the Sierra Club, Friends of the Ypsilanti Freight House and Downtown Association of Ypsilanti. Pete is retired from Recycle Ann Arbor and lives with his wife Grace Sweeney and several cats at 504 North River Street in Depot Town.

Editor's note: The following release was issued by the mayoral campaign of Councilmember Pete Murdock, D-Ward 3. He will be running against Mayor Paul Schreiber for the seat. The announcement begins the 2010 election season in Ypsilanti. The Citizen will be covering the election regularly this summer and fall. Please check back with us as our coverage continues.

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