Race heats up for Ypsi City Council

(May 9, 2008) The Ypsilanti City Clerk’s office was busy this afternoon as four people submitted petitions to run for City Council as the deadline for filing is fast approaching. Deputy City Clerk Ed Golembiewski said all four had turned in valid petitions and each had enough signatures to insure they are on the August ballot.

Ward 3
Ward 3 is expected to have a heated race in the Democratic primary as former Ypsilanti Mayor Pete Murdock and Planning Commissioner Rod Johnson both submitted their petitions to get on the August ballot. Murdock and Johnson are seeking the seat vacated by Brian Filipiak (Dem, Ward 3) who decided to not run for re-election.

Murdock was a three term mayor of Ypsilanti as well as a former City Council member. Johnson is Chair of the Planning Commission and chair of CoPAC.

Johnson ran for City Council two years ago against Brian Robb (Dem, Ward 3) for an open seat. Johnson lost that race by just 12 votes.

Ted Windish already filed his paperwork to run as in independent from Ward 3 back in February. As an independent, Windish will skip the August primary and his name will appear on the November ballot.

Ward 3 covers the east side of the City essentially from east of the Water Tower and north of Michigan Avenue.

Ward 1
In Ward 1, incumbent Lois Richardson (Dem) also filed petitions on Friday. Richardson is seeking her third term on City Council. No other petitions have been filed in Ward 1.

Megan Turf filed a petition last week for Ward 1, but it was rejected by the City Clerk because of a problem with her form. Turf said she is recollecting signatures and expects to meet the Tuesday deadline.

Ward 1 is south of Michigan avenue and includes a small part of Summit and Recreation Park to the north.

Ward 2
Mike Bodary (pronounced Bo-dree) filed petitions on Friday as well. Bodary, a Democrat, is running for City Council in Ward 2. Bodary is a lifelong resident of Ypsilanti and his father was a long time police officer in the City.

John Gawlas (Dem, Ward 2) has yet to file petitions. Gawlas told YpsiNews last week that he plans to run for his fourth term. He said had pulled the filing paperwork but had not yet submitted it to the City Clerk.

Ward 2 is west of the Water Tower and North of Michigan Avenue.

The August primary is Tuesday, August 5th.

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