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.
Graydon Krapohl is a facilitator with Academy Leadership, a consulting and training firm that specializes in leader development. He is running for his third term representing Ward 4 on the Ann Arbor City Council and faces Elizabeth Nelson in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary.
Councilmembers elected this year will serve a four-year term.
On his campaign website, Kraphol describes his priorities on council in the following categories: strong neighborhoods, robust infrastructure and services, responsible financial stewardship, affordability, and responsible and innovative growth.
During his tenure on council, Krapohl has sponsored or co-sponsored nearly three dozen resolutions and ordinances. Highlights include resolutions designating alternates for the youth member of the Community Policing Commission Advisory Task Force (passed); supporting an amicus brief in the lawsuit Michigan Gun Owners Inc. v Ann Arbor Public Schools (passed); and committing the city to uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals (passed).
In his role on council, he’s a member of the following groups: Advisory Task Force Regarding the Community Policing Commission; Ann Arbor Park Advisory Commission; Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission; Council Administration Committee; City/School Committee; Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Partnerships Committee; Washtenaw Metro Alliance; Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA); and liaison to the Michigan Theater Foundation board.
Krapohl was first elected to council in November 2014, and was unopposed in both the Democratic primary and general election. He was re-elected in 2016 after prevailing over Diane Giannola and Eric Lipson in the Democratic primary.
Prior to his election to council, Krapohl had been appointed to the Ann Arbor Park Advisory Commission in 2012.
From 2014 until April 2018, Krapohl was director of business operations for Merit Network, an Internet services nonprofit based in Ann Arbor. Until retiring in 2015, he served as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Krapohl graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in political science, history and English. He earned an MBA from George Mason University and a master's degree in strategic studies and international affairs from the U.S. Army War College. He is married to Greta Krapohl, who is operations director for the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative and a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. They have a teenage daughter and live in the Lower Burns Park neighborhood.
Krapohl's campaign treasurer is Leah Gunn, a former Washtenaw County commissioner. Gunn is also treasurer for the re-election campaigns of Christopher Taylor (mayor) and Julie Grand (Ward 3), as well as for Washtenaw County Commissioner Jason Morgan (District 8).
Graydon Krapohl: In The News
'Dark money' attacks on Ann Arbor candidates raise concerns – MLive, Aug. 5, 2018
Getting to know Ann Arbor City Council candidate Graydon Krapohl – 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
Soapbox Summer 2018 – WEMU, July 20, 2018
Candidate Position Summary Regarding Police Oversight – Transforming Justice Washtenaw, July 2018
Ann Arbor Primary Election Candidate Survey – Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition, July 2018
Candidate Comment (video) – Community Television Network, July 10, 2018
Disputed changes to Ann Arbor ballot proposal headed to state AG – MLive, July 3, 2018
YIMBY Facebook Group Questionnaire – 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
'Game Day Condos' project near Michigan Stadium sparks controversy – MLive, June 6, 2018
Ann Arbor creating new city position to educate public about deer program – MLive, May 25, 2018
Ann Arbor council shuts down talks of privatizing trash pickup – MLive, May 24, 2018
Ann Arbor puts millions more toward fixing streets in new budget – MLive, May 22, 2018
Ann Arbor holds back on budgeting to implement $55M urban trail – MLive, May 15, 2018
Nelson to challenge Krapohl for 4th Ward Ann Arbor council seat – MLive, April 25, 2018
Ann Arbor Mayor & City Council Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, April 12, 2018
Candidates for mayor and City Council debate policing, campaign contributions – Michigan Daily, April 12, 2018
Ann Arbor mayor and council candidates explain why they're running – MLive, April 15, 2018
Ex-GOP delegate challenging Democratic incumbent in Ann Arbor's 4th Ward – MLive, April 15, 2018
Ann Arbor council divided over retaining control of Y Lot's future – MLive, April 3, 2018
Protests flare as Council finalizes task force for police review board – Michigan Daily, March 19, 2018
Controversy surrounds city staff and police seats on police review board – Michigan Daily, Jan. 31, 2018
Councilmembers kneeling sparks debate over intention of protest – Michigan Daily, Oct. 23, 2017
Ann Arbor council member has cancer relapse, begins chemotherapy – MLive, April 19, 2017
City Council election results reaffirm status quo – Michigan Daily, Aug. 3, 2016
Graydon Krapohl wins 4th Ward Ann Arbor council race – MLive, Aug. 2, 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
2016 Candidate Comments (video of short speeches by candidates) – Community Television Network (CTN), July 2016. Ward 4 candidates begin at 00:10:15.
4th Ward candidates differ on Gelman plume, agree on regional transit – MLive, July 9, 2016
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 14, 2016
Ann Arbor council member undergoing treatment for cancer – MLive, April 4, 2016
Ault, Krapohl Elected to Lead Park Commission – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Sept. 17, 2013
Krapohl Forms Campaign Committee – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Jan. 15, 2014
Graydon Krapohl running for City Council as Margie Teall steps down – MLive, January 16, 2014