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 Independent Joe Hood on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Councilmembers elected this year will serve a four-year term.

Nelson defeated incumbent Graydon Krapohl in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary, winning 59.89% of votes cast.

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

Two new candidates face off in Ward 4 contest for City CouncilMichigan Daily, Nov. 1, 2018

Nelson, Hood competing for 4th Ward council seat in Ann ArborMLive, Oct. 24, 2018

Ann Arbor City Council Candidate Comments (video)Community Television Network, Oct. 4, 2018

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (video)Community Television Network, Sept. 27, 2018

Nelson defeats Krapohl in 4th Ward Ann Arbor council raceMLive, Aug. 7, 2018

'Dark money' attacks on Ann Arbor candidates raise concernsMLive, Aug. 5, 2018

Getting to know Ann Arbor City Council candidate Elizabeth NelsonWDIV, 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 2006MLive, July 26, 2018

Candidate Survey on the Arts & Creative IndustriesThe Arts Alliance, July 24, 2018

Candidate Position Summary Regarding Police OversightTransforming Justice Washtenaw, July 2018

Summer Soapbox 2018WEMU, 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 raceMLive, 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 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