Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 4

Graydon Krapohl

Graydon Krapohl

Graydon Krapohl is a facilitator with Academy Leadership, consulting and training firm that specializes in leader development. He is running for his third term on the Ann Arbor City Council and faces Elizabeth Nelson in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary.

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.

Krapohl was appointed to the Ann Arbor park advisory commission in 2012, and served until his election to council in November 2014. On council, he’s a member of the council administration committee, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) partnerships committee, the human rights commission, the Washtenaw Metro Alliance, and the Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA).

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 and long-time Democratic Party activist.

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Graydon Krapohl:  In The News

Ann Arbor Mayor & City Council Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, April 12, 2018

Candidates for mayor and City Council debate policing, campaign contributionsMichigan Daily, April 12, 2018

Ann Arbor mayor and council candidates explain why they're runningMLive, April 15, 2018

City Council election results reaffirm status quo – Michigan Daily, Aug. 3, 2016

Graydon Krapohl wins 4th Ward Ann Arbor council raceMLive, 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 transitMLive, July 9, 2016

Response to Arts Alliance questionnaire (see pages 49-50)

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 cancerMLive, April 4, 2016

Ault, Krapohl Elected to Lead Park CommissionThe Ann Arbor Chronicle, Sept. 17, 2013

Krapohl Forms Campaign CommitteeThe Ann Arbor Chronicle, Jan. 15, 2014

Graydon Krapohl running for City Council as Margie Teall steps down – MLive, January 16, 2014