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About Elizabeth (she/her/hers)
Thank you to everyone who supported my campaign and appreciated my work these last few years! I am grateful for the new friends I have made, folks who share my interest in seeing a local democracy that is transparent and accountable. These last few years have been incredibly satisfying, helping solve problems in our community and taking on powerful financial interests for the public good. I still believe in the value of representation and informed decision making - these priorities still matter to me and I welcome ideas from others about how to promote them moving forward!
August 2, 2022 Election Results - Ann Arbor Ward 4
Dharma Akmon 2481 votes (49.47%)
Elizabeth Nelson 2316 votes (46.18%)
Mozhgan Savabieasfahani 215 votes (4.29%)
Registered Voters: 23,463
Ballots Cast: 5,631 (24.00%)
Transparent and Accessible Leadership
I believe that your local government should be accessible and transparent. Since my election in 2018, I have sent out a newsletter before every Council meeting with my summary of agenda items coming before City Council, plus news and events of interest to Ann Arbor residents. I also include notices of events and construction projects that affect Ward 4. For issues that matter to you, I encourage you to follow links (next to each agenda item) to the City's Legistar website, where you can find all the background information.
After each Council meeting, I create and post voting charts so that you can easily see how Council voted. I also update the A2Council.com section of this website with meeting summaries, links to the City's Legistar website, CTN's YouTube video, and articles published on MLive. The weekend after each Council meeting I send out an "A2Council Update" summary to my newsletter subscribers.
PS: You don't have to be a Ward 4 resident to sign up for my newsletter - everybody is welcome! :-)
and Voting Chart
Next Coffee Hours
Since my election I have been holding regular coffee hours Sunday afternoons before City Council meetings.
Sunday, October 2nd
Next City Council Meeting
City Council meets on the first and third Monday of every month at 7pm (with exceptions for holidays).
Starting in January 2022, City Council meetings will be in person at City Hall, but public comment is also available via phone call/ZOOM.
Monday September 19th 7pm
The Difference Is Clear
I have worked hard to make our local government more accessible to and responsive to the community we serve.
I am proud to represent Ward 4 with a local campaign funded by local residents
Have you received a mailer or unsolicited political texts with misleading information about my record?
Are you seeing yard signs for my opponent in front of commercial buildings?
Look for me on my bicycle in Ward 4!
My son featured me in a project he made for his documentary film class. I’m really proud of him!
Endorsement from University of Michigan Graduate Employees' Organization (GEO)
Nelson has worked closely with GEO in support of the Early Leasing Ordinance (ELO). Experience has shown us that she is a rare, solid ally for GEO and Ann Arbor's renters. Nelson is facing a stiff primary challenge from a well-funded opponent. She is a real asset on Council and needs our support to stay there!
She is willing to stick her neck out on issues that she knows will make her unpopular with the powers that be. When other Council Members caved to pressure and watered down the short-term rental (Airbnb) ban, Nelson stood her ground.Some of our very own members have been evicted from their apartments to make room for Airbnbs. Nelson has their back.
Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) endorsement, June 2022
A progressive leader committed to serving our community
I am proud of my record working on behalf of Ward 4 and for the benefit of the whole of our community. I have advocated for greater transparency and accountability at City Hall. Our democracy is stronger when you can follow the work of your elected leaders and your voices are heard! I have promoted policies that protect our environment, create more affordable housing, and improve the lives of Ann Arbor residents.
Cosponsored resolution to study building affordable housing on City-owned properties
Cosponsored Affordable Housing Millage to fund development of affordable housing on City-owned properties
Led efforts to prohibit year-round Short Term Rental (AirBnB) businesses in neighborhoods to preserve local housing supply
Approved City purchase of Lurie Terrace to preserve affordable senior housing
Advocated for EPA intervention to clean up the 1,4 Dioxane Gelman Plume
Approved A2Zero plan for Carbon Neutrality by 2030
Supported a feasibility study for a publicly owned and more sustainable alternative to DTE
Approved $15 million in Michigan Transportation Fund Bonds to accelerate local road repairs
Increased City funding for building new sidewalks
Cosponsored the Fair Chance ordinance to end unfair discrimination in rental housing
Cosponsored the Early Leasing ordinance to protect renters from predatory leasing practices
Co-wrote resolution dedicating marijuana excise tax revenue to mental health services, addiction recovery support, and criminal justice reform
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