Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 4

Elizabeth Nelson

Elizabeth Nelson

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.

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Elizabeth Nelson:  In The News

Election 2018: A Breakdown of Ann Arbor's City Council and Mayoral CandidatesMichigan Daily, May 16, 2018

Nelson to challenge Krapohl for 4th Ward Ann Arbor council seatMLive, April 25, 2018

City Council postpones vote on 'Y' lot after debate on revenueMichigan Daily, April 16, 2018

Backyard ducks on hold as Ann Arbor council continues debate over chickensMLive, Jan. 21, 2015

Ann Arbor woman talks about hoarding's toll on families on Anderson Cooper's daytime, Dec. 1, 2011

Children of Hoarders: A Difficult RelationshipAnn Arbor Observer, December 2011

Compulsive hoarding poses safety and psychological risksMichigan Medicine, March 9, 2009