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Ypsilanti City Council Candidate Mike Eller
addresses potential voters at Mix Marketplace
in Downtown Ypsilanti on 7/26.
Five of the six candidates vying to lead Ypsilanti legislative branch of government attended the event. Democratic Ward 1 candidates Tyrone Bridges and Steve Pierce, along with Ward 3 candidates Mike Eller, incumbent Ypsilanti Council member Peter Murdock and Ted Windish were present. Lois Richardson (D), incumbent elected official in Ward 1, was not in attendance.
"Why did Ypsilanti not get an opportunity to have Costco in our community?" Ward 3 candidate Ted Windish asked. "If we can stay lend, then we can be competitive with out neighboring communities. At one point in time, Ann Arbor was once our little brother."
"I voted for a Democratic candidate numerous times in the previously," reply was to audience member from a question originally posed by moderator David Palmer.
"The new City Manager has a lot of energy to solve our problems here in Ypsilanti." Incumbent City Council Member Pete Murdock replied. "The Water Street debt is a factor."
"Cross Street is a great example of a public/private partnership at work." Murdock cited. "We're working with reduced resources and we're forced to find new ways to make things work in this community."
"Ypsilanti is a strong place and Ypsilanti is great," Bridges stated. "We'll have to think outside of the box to solve to address our issues."
"I believe by thinking outside of the box, this is the way to prevent any State takeover of Ypsilanti in the immediate future," Bridges addressed.
"The best way to avoid a state takeover of Ypsilanti is to pay bills, pay city employees and don't ask for assistance; and a emergency manager will not come into our city," Pierce noted. "Decisions made regarding pensions years prior are issues that both property owners and businesses in Ypsilanti are dealing with. As for Water Street, we need to listen to ideas of residents in this community to property deal with this debt."
"My goal would be to prepare to hit the ground running," Ted Windish stated.
"If elected to office to serve Ypsilanti's residents, I would make recommendations to move this city forward with the limited resources we currently have," Eller stated.
"I want to be the Council representation for Ward 1. We have to do something about the way public housing his handled within this city to address crime related activities for residents." Pierce stated. "The Director of Public Housing should have to live in public housing for 30 days."