Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 4
Elizabeth Nelson defeated incumbent Graydon Krapohl on Aug. 7, winning 59.89% of votes cast. She faces Independent Joe Hood on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Click here for full election results.
Elizabeth Nelson is a teacher who is running for a Ward 4 seat on the Ann Arbor City Council. This is her first bid for elected public office. She faces incumbent Graydon Krapohl in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary.
Councilmembers elected this year will serve a four-year term.
On Nelson's campaign website, she states that she worries "how divisions and alliances on council have become a game of counting votes, rather than genuine and thorough discussion of issues." She says she wants to serve as an independent voice on council.
Nelson is a co-founder of Children of Hoarders (COH), an online support group and advocacy organization that raises awareness about the impact of compulsive hoarding disorder on children and families. Her advocacy work has included interviews with print and broadcast media, as well as presentations to schools and organizations. COH is a member of the Hoarding Task Force of Washtenaw County.
Nelson has served in several leadership positions with the Ann Arbor branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), including fundraising chair, membership chair, and program chair.
Nelson graduated from Rutgers University and earned a law degree from the University of Maryland. She also holds a master's degree in education from the University of Michigan. She is married to Peter Nelson, an automotive engineer. The couple has two teenage sons and their family lives near Allmendinger Park.
Nelson is serving as treasurer for her campaign.
Elizabeth Nelson: In The News
'Dark money' attacks on Ann Arbor candidates raise concerns – MLive, Aug. 5, 2018
Getting to know Ann Arbor City Council candidate Elizabeth Nelson – 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
Ann Arbor council candidate sent fake city notices to neighbors in 2006 – MLive, July 26, 2018
Candidate Survey on the Arts & Creative Industries – The Arts Alliance, July 24, 2018
Candidate Position Summary Regarding Police Oversight – Transforming Justice Washtenaw, July 2018
Summer Soapbox 2018 – WEMU, July 19, 2018
Candidate Comment (video) – Community Television Network, July 10, 2018
Ann Arbor Primary Election Candidate Survey – Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition, July 2018
Ann Arbor spending priorities an issue in 4th 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
Election 2018: A Breakdown of Ann Arbor's City Council and Mayoral Candidates – Michigan Daily, May 16, 2018
Nelson to challenge Krapohl for 4th Ward Ann Arbor council seat – MLive, April 25, 2018
City Council postpones vote on 'Y' lot after debate on revenue – Michigan Daily, April 16, 2018
Backyard ducks on hold as Ann Arbor council continues debate over chickens – MLive, Jan. 21, 2015
Ann Arbor woman talks about hoarding's toll on families on Anderson Cooper's daytime show – AnnArbor.com, Dec. 1, 2011
Children of Hoarders: A Difficult Relationship – Ann Arbor Observer, December 2011
Compulsive hoarding poses safety and psychological risks – Michigan Medicine, March 9, 2009