Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 4
UPDATE: Incumbent Jack Eaton defeated Diane Giannola on Nov. 7, 2017. Eaton received 72.6% of votes, compared to 26.73% for Giannola. Turnout in Ward 4 was 17.43%. Click here for detailed results of the Ward 4 election.
Diane Giannola is manager for the University of Michigan's Venture Accelerator, which supports startups that use UM technology. She is running for Ann Arbor City Council as an Independent and faces incumbent Jack Eaton, a Democrat, on Nov. 7.
This is Giannola’s second run for city council. In August 2016, she ran for a Ward 4 seat in the Democratic Party primary. With 23% of the vote, she came in third in a three-way race against Eric Lipson and incumbent Graydon Krapohl, who prevailed.
On her campaign website, Giannola states that "I am a true democrat in my values, but am independent in that I don’t align with either of the two factions that currently sit on council." She supports more housing development throughout the city, as long as it fits within the city's zoning code and master plan. That includes support for a "large, tax-paying building" on the Library Lot site. She opposes the deer cull, and supports the Allen Creek Greenway master plan while noting that the estimated cost of $55 million seems "exorbitant." She provides details about these and other positions on the Issues section of her campaign website.
Giannola served on the Ann Arbor Planning Commission from 2009-2014 and was a member of the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission from 2007-2010. She has been active in the local Democratic Party, serving on the executive committee of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party from 2004-2012. She is the author of the Middle of the Left blog, which focused on local issues. It has been inactive since February 2016.
Giannola has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Michigan and a master's in business administration from Madonna University. She lives in the Georgetown neighborhood.
She serves as her own campaign treasurer.
Diane Giannola: In The News
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
Tens of thousands of dollars raised, spent in Ann Arbor council races – MLive, Oct. 30, 2017
Ann Arbor's Ward 4 candidates discuss affordability, other city issues – MLive, Oct. 10, 2017
Candidate Comment (video) Ward 4 starts at the 6:57-minute mark – Community Television Network, Oct. 6, 2017
Ward 4 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (Video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 5, 2017
Thousands flood streets of Ann Arbor during March for Science – MLive, April 22, 2017
Graydon Krapohl wins 4th Ward Ann Arbor council race – MLive, Aug. 5, 2016
Three Races, Eight Candidates: Will the Aug. 2 primary change council? – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016
Ann Arbor voters have important City Council races to decide on Aug. 2 – MLive, July 28, 2016
$42K in contributions fuel Ann Arbor council election campaigns – MLive, July 27, 2016
Ward 4 City Council race challenges incumbent's leadership style – Michigan Daily, July 20, 2016
City Council candidates debate transparency, water safety and taxes – Michigan Daily, July 13, 2016
Threat to Ann Arbor's water supply an issue in City Council races – MLive, July 13, 2016
Train station, transparency are dividing issues in Ann Arbor council races – MLive, July 13, 2016
League of Women Voters Ward 4 candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network (CTN), July 12, 2016
Soapbox Summer (audio and transcript) – WEMU, July 12, 2016
2016 Candidate Comments (video of short speeches by candidates) – Community Television Network (CTN), July 2016. Ward 4 candidates begin at 00:10:15.
Candidates weigh in on cleaning up Ann Arbor's polluted groundwater – MLive, April 14, 2016
4th Ward council candidates differ on Library Lot redevelopment – MLive, April 13, 2016
2016 Ann Arbor city council candidate forum (video & transcript) – University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, April 13, 2016
Two candidates emerge in race for open seats on City Council – Michigan Daily, March 6, 2016
Former city planning commissioner to run for Ann Arbor council – MLive, Nov .12, 2015