Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 5
Ali Ramlawi is the owner of Jerusalem Garden, a downtown Ann Arbor restaurant. This is his second bid for public office. He is running against incumbent Chuck Warpehoski in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary.
Councilmembers elected this year will serve a four-year term.
According to his campaign website, Ramlawi states that he's running because the council needs "more voices, more views and more diversity" and that he will "remain independent of the factional parties on council."
Ramlawi previously sought a Ward 5 seat as an independent in the Nov. 7, 2017 general election. He ran against incumbent Democrat Chip Smith and lost in a close race, gaining 48.36% of the vote.
Ramlawi opposed the sale of the city-owned Library Lot, arguing that the proposed 17-story building would hurt the city. His business is adjacent to that property. He says that opponents to the project are often inaccurately labeled as anti-development NIMBYs, but that he supports development when done responsibility and in appropriate locations, such as the Huron Street corridor.
Ramlawi doesn't think the city involves enough residents and business owners in its decision-making processes, and he's concerned about the general direction that the city is taking on development. The city needs affordable housing and workforce housing, he says, but also needs to maintain Ann Arbor's quality of life.
Ramlawi is an avid cyclist. He lives on the Old West Side.
His campaign treasurer is Justin Jacobsen.
Ali Ramlawi: In The News
YIMBY Facebook Group Questionnaire – July 2018
Warpehoski faces Ann Arbor restaurant owner in 5th Ward council race – MLive, June 28, 2018
League of Women Voters Wards 4 & 5 Ann Arbor City Council Candidate Forum (video) –Community Television Network, June 27, 2018
5th Ward Ann Arbor candidates vow to not take money from developers – MLive, May 4, 2018
5th Ward candidates in Ann Arbor disagree on how to use new tax money – MLive, April 14, 2018
Ann Arbor mayor and council candidates explain why they're running – MLive, April 13, 2018
Ann Arbor Mayor & City Council Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, April 12, 2018
Smith narrowly defeats Ramlawi to win 5th Ward race in Ann Arbor – MLive, Nov. 7, 2017
Vote for City Council (endorsement editorial) – Michigan Daily, Nov. 5, 2017
City Council candidates look to Tuesday's general election – Michigan Daily, Nov. 1, 2017
Nowhere to grow but up? Ann Arbor grapples with solutions to its high-rise problem – Concentrate, Nov. 1, 2017
Tens of thousands of dollars raised, spent in Ann Arbor council races – MLive, Oct. 30, 2017
Ward 5 candidates share views on $55M trail, other Ann Arbor issues – MLive, Oct. 10, 2017
Candidate Comment (video) Ward 5 starts at the 11:46-minute mark – Community Television Network, Oct. 6, 2017
Ward 5 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (Video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 5, 2017
Op-Ed: Student voices matter in local politics – Michigan Daily, Sept. 18, 2017
Ali Ramlawi talks about why he's running for Ann Arbor City Council (video) – MLive, Aug. 10, 2017
Jerusalem Garden owner files to run for Ann Arbor City Council – MLive, Aug. 10, 2017
Jerusalem Garden owner Ali Ramlawi running for City Council – MLive, April 19, 2017
Deals of the Year 2015 Restaurant award: Jerusalem Garden – MLive, Nov. 13, 2015
This Year in Jerusalem: Ali Ramlawi carries on the family heritage – Ann Arbor Observer, June 2015
Jerusalem Garden owner Ali Ramlawi shares his thoughts on a reopened Fifth Avenue – AnnArbor.com, June 19, 2012
Prices to Get Tweaked as Parking Deck Opens (Ramlawi spoke during public commentary) – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, May 5, 2012
DDA Elects Officers, Gets More Parking Data (Ramlawi spoke during public commentary) – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, July 8, 2011
Ann Arbor residents, businesses cope with shutdown of Fifth Avenue at Liberty Street – AnnArbor.com, Aug. 5, 2010