Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 3
Incumbent Julie Grand defeated Alice Liberson on Aug. 7, winning 53.42% of votes cast – a margin of 372 votes. Grand faces no opposition on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Click here for full election results.
Alice Liberson is the former owner of Dogma Catmantoo, an Ann Arbor pet boutique, and a former strategic consultant in the healthcare industry. This is her first run for elected office. She'll face Ward 3 incumbent Julie Grand in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. Councilmembers elected this year will serve a four-year term.
According to her campaign website, Liberson's concerns include the 1,4-dioxane plume, neighborhood development, affordable housing and reappraising the role of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.
Liberson opened Dogma Catmantoo in 2001 and ran it until 2014. The retail store was located in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown district. She served on the board of the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation, which gives $1,000 grants to local organizations and individuals.
A board-certified veterinary pathologist and veterinary acupuncturist, Liberson started her career in Boston. She was a senior consultant for seven years with Arthur D. Little Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., working on projects in human healthcare industries. She then served as vice president of market research and strategic planning at Astra USA, which at the time was the U.S. subsidiary of what’s now Astra Zeneca. She later worked briefly at a candy and bulk-foods distribution company owned by her brother-in-law.
Liberson lives in the Burns Park neighborhood. She is married to Mark Kriger, a criminal defense attorney.
Peter Nagourney is serving as Liberson's campaign treasurer.
Alice Liberson: In The News
'Dark money' attacks on Ann Arbor candidates raise concerns – MLive, Aug. 5, 2018
Getting to know Ann Arbor City Council candidate Alice Liberson – WDIV, Aug. 4, 2018
Summer of Discontent: The August 7 primary will decide the fate of Mayor Taylor and his council majority – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2018
Candidate Position Summary Regarding Police Oversight – Transforming Justice Washtenaw, July 2018
Soapbox Summer 2018 – WEMU, July 13, 2018
Candidate Comment (video) – Community Television Network, July 10, 2018
Grand faces political newcomer in 3rd Ward Ann Arbor council race – MLive, June 27, 2018
League of Women Voters Wards 2 & 3 Ann Arbor City Council Candidate Forum (video) –Community Television Network, June 26, 2018
A Trio of Closings – Ann Arbor Observer, April 2014
Deconstructing Dog Food (page 52, article by Alice Liberson) – Crazy Wisdom Journal, January-April 2012
Animals, owners lap up TLC at Ann Arbor 'Pet boutique' Dogma Catmantoo – AnnArbor.com, Dec. 18, 2009
The Next Stage of Your Life: A mid-career switch can recharge your batteries – Kiplinger, September 2006