Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 4

Diane Giannola

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Diane Giannola

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 electionMichigan Daily, Nov. 1, 2017

Tens of thousands of dollars raised, spent in Ann Arbor council racesMLive, 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 ScienceMLive, April 22, 2017

Graydon Krapohl wins 4th Ward Ann Arbor council raceMLive, 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.

Response to Arts Alliance questionnaire (see pages 29-30)

Candidates weigh in on cleaning up Ann Arbor's polluted groundwaterMLive, April 14, 2016

4th Ward council candidates differ on Library Lot redevelopmentMLive, 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 CouncilMichigan Daily, March 6, 2016

Former city planning commissioner to run for Ann Arbor councilMLive, Nov .12, 2015