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CITY COUNCIL
Competing for Cit Council

OPINION
The student picks
for City Council
The Daily makes it's
endorsements for the
City Council primary
SEE PAGE 5
ARTS
The perfect
storm of comedy
Adam Sandler and Seth
Rogen make a delightful
pair in 'Funny People'
SEE PAGE 9
Finding a new
field general
Daily Sports's Andy Reid
examines Rodriguez's
quarterback options
SEE PAGE 11
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NEW S ................................ 2
OPINION ........................... 4
CLASSIFIED ....................... 6
ARTS ................................. 9
SPORTS ............................ 11

Candidates debate
issues before Aug. 4
primary election
By JASMINE ZHU and
LARA ZADE
Daily News Editors
Ann Arbor residents from
Ward 3 and Ward 5 will head to
the polls on Tuesday to vote for
their preferred candidates in the
Democratic primary City Council
election.
This year's group of five candi-
dates includes two incumbents, a
previous city council member, a
former primary candidate and a
first-year primary runner.

Ward 3
Ward 3 residents will choose
among three candidates - incum-
bent Leigh Greden (D-Ward 3),
LuAnne Bullington and Stephen
Kunselman.
All three said they hoped for
greater student turnout in the pri-
mary.
Bullington said she believes stu-
dent votes are key but that she was
concerned that the way the wards
are separated will split the student
vote.
Kunselman, a former City Coun-
cil member from 2006 to 2008 and
current University energy man-
agement liaison, has been heavily
campaigning in student neighbor-
hoods.

"I'm hoping that the student
vote on August 4 comes my way,"
Kunselman said. "I think I'm the
only candidate of the three that
recognizes the importance of our
youth."
Greden said he was disappoint-
ed in the low amount of student
voters in the past and was the least
optimistic among all three can-
didates that the student turnout
would increase this year.
"I wish students would vote
more," Greden said. "The reality
is that in the third ward in August,
we will see less than a dozen stu-
dents cast a vote ... and that's unfor-
tunate."
If elected, the candidates said
they would undertake issues per-
tinent to students including leasing

policies, the proposed city income
tax and student safety.
Bullington said the dim lighting
on South University Avenue has to
be tackled because of safety con-
cerns.
"Mainly we need to make sure
that the students are safe when
they're out and about downtown at
night," she said.
Kunselman said he was against
the proposed city income tax,
which would affect students work-
ing in Ann Arbor. The tax would
cost Ann Arbor residents 1 percent
of their annual income and non-
residents 0.5 percent of their annu-
al income.
Though Greden is a proponent of
a city income tax, he said he has a
See PRIMARY, Page 8

CITY COUNCIL PRIMARY PROFILES

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Election Date: Tuesday, Aug. 4

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