Jeff Hayner Jeff Hayner for City Council

VOTE Aug 7

Hello friends & neighbors:

With your support, I have qualified for the August 7, 2018 Democratic Primary.

Thank you. Some may recall I ran in 2013 as an Independent. I still believe that partisan politics is detrimental to local democracy, and should play no real part in managing a city.

Over the next few months I will be going door to door, and meeting with neighborhood groups. Let's talk. I hope to meet you & hear your thoughts about our city. I have some good, practical ideas for making Ann Arbor city government more responsive to the residents, more open & transparent, and re-dedicated to providing services commensurate with their cost. I'm sure you have some good ideas too.

Your voice will be heard at the council table, and we can work together to find practical solutions to problems, both small & large, facing our city.

Ann Arbor is my home, and has always been a great community. Despite our small population and land area, we are a world-class city. Ann Arbor as a destination makes many Top 10 lists. Yet like many of you, I have concerns about the quality of life in our city. Washtenaw County is among the Top 10 in the Nation for Wealth Disparity.

We are seeing increasing economic segregation - accompanied by rising taxes & fees, diminishing city services, increased unaffordability, deteriorating streets & infrastructure, and loss of natural spaces. These serious problems have arisen as a result of years of leadership focused on raising revenue for personal-interest projects, while failing to maintain, budget and plan for the inevitable growth of our city. We are now paying that cost.

There's an old saying:

"When is the best time to plant a walnut tree?"

"20 years ago"

"When is the second-best time to plant a walnut tree?"

"Today"

To me, that's the right idea to keep in mind while planning for our city's future.

It starts today. Let's plan for generations to come. Let's protect the things that make Ann Arbor a special place. As host to the Huron River, we are charged with protecting Great Lakes Water resources. We need strong advocates for preservation of the Huron River watershed, our regional drinking water sources, and remaining open spaces & natural features.

Parks and the character of our neighborhoods, both historic and new, are essential to Ann Arbor's quality of life and continued success. Proper & best land use, in keeping with our sustainability and environmental goals is one way to protect and manage growth wisely. We need to maintain a mix of uses to keep opportunites open for all. Aggregation of parcels leads to coarse-grained development, which in turn kills affordability and organic growth - growth from the bottom up.

Schools, Libraries and Transportation systems are long-term investments, we must maintain mutually-beneficial partnerships with all our of neighbors, especially the University of Michigan. Greenbelt & agricultural protections only go so far, we must partner with surrounding Townships to encourage the right types of development.

Fiscal responsibility and prioritizing resources is a must. Ann Arbor has a high cost of living and high property values, with projected city revenues and assets nearing one-half of one billion dollars. We have a lot to work with.

I hope to earn your continued support and look forward to meeting you.

Sincerely,

Jeff Hayner

 

P.S. If you would like to receive updates on my campaign progress, schedule a neighborhood meet & greet, or help out in any way, please email me at jeffhayner@firstforjeff.org or DM Twitter @jeffreyhayner

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To make a campaign contribution, you may also contact me via postal mail:

Jeff Hayner For City Council
1807 Pontiac Trail
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Informed - Involved - Independent

All residents deserve equal hearing & equal opportunity.
My candidacy is not part of any political faction or slate.

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