Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 3

Julie Grand

Julie Grand

Julie Grand is an academic advisor with the University of Michigan Newnan Academic Advising Center and a lecturer in health management and policy at UM's School of Public Health. She is seeking her third term as a Ward 3 Ann Arbor City Council member and is unopposed on Nov. 6. Councilmembers elected this year will serve a four-year term.

Grand defeated Alice Liberson in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary, winning 53.42% of votes cast – a margin of 372 votes. No Republican is running in Ward 3 this year.

According to her campaign website, Grand's priorities include infrastructure investment, pedestrian/bicycling safety, managing Ann Arbor's cost of living, and protecting natural resources.

During her tenure on council, Grand has sponsored or co-sponsored nearly 60 resolutions and ordinances. Those include a settlement agreement with developer Dennis Dahlmann over the former Y lot (passed), supporting Vision Zero implementation for pedestrian safety (passed), and supporting an amicus brief in the lawsuit Michigan Gun Owners Inc. v Ann Arbor Public Schools (passed).

She voted in favor of developing the city-owned Library Lot, and supported the deer management plan, which includes a cull. This year, she voted in the minority against increasing funds for the deer management plan

In 2016 Grand proposed and successfully advocated for council to enact an ordinance raising the legal age of buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. Michigan's attorney general later issued an opinion stating that the ordinance was unlawful because it contradicted state law.

Grand has represented Ward 3 since November 2014, after winning a three-way Democratic primary in August 2014 against Bob Dascola and Samuel McMullen. She ran unopposed for re-election in 2016. Previously, in 2013, she ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in Ward 3, losing to incumbent Stephen Kunselman in the August 2013 Democratic primary with 48.13% of the votes.

Before her election to council, Grand served on the city’s Park Advisory Commission from 2007 to 2013 – including three years as chair. She continues to serve on PAC as a council representative. Her other committee work includes serving on the council’s Community Events Fund Committee, Greenbelt Advisory Commission, Student Advisory Council, Council Administration Committee, City/School Committee, and Ann Arbor Housing Commission. 

Grand is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds a Ph.D in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan. She is married to David R. Grand, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. They have two children and live in the Burns Park neighborhood.

Leah Gunn, a former Washtenaw County commissioner, is serving as treasurer for Grand's campaign. Gunn is also treasurer for the campaigns of Christopher Taylor (mayor) and Washtenaw County Commissioner Jason Morgan (District 8).

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Julie Grand:  In The News

Is Ann Arbor ready to get serious about climate change? MLive, Oct. 22, 2018

'Township island' residents protest being annexed into Ann ArborMLive, Oct. 5, 2018

Ann Arbor decides against added restrictions for marijuana dispensaries MLive, Sept. 5, 2018

Julie Grand wins 3rd 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 Julie Grand – 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

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

Candidate Position Summary Regarding Police OversightTransforming 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 AGMLive, July 3, 2018

YIMBY Facebook Group Questionnaire – July 2018

Grand faces political newcomer in 3rd Ward Ann Arbor council raceMLive, June 27, 2018

League of Women Voters Wards 2 & 3 Ann Arbor City Council Candidate Forum (video) –Community Television Network, June 26, 2018

Ann Arbor ups penalty fines for expired-meter parking tickets – MLive, June 18, 2018

Game-Day condos spur conversation Michigan Daily, June 14, 2018

Ann Arbor creating new city position to educate public about deer programMLive, May 25, 2018

Ann Arbor council shuts down talks of privatizing trash pickupMLive, May 24, 2018

Ann Arbor considering $5.2M deal to buy back Y Lot from DahlmannMLive, May 21, 2018

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

In Trump era, Ann Arbor man decides it's time to become a U.S. citizenMLive, May 8, 2018

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

No Contest – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016

$42K in contributions fuel Ann Arbor council election campaigns – MLive, July 27, 2016

Candidates weigh in on cleaning up Ann Arbor's polluted groundwater – MLive, April 14, 2016

2016 Ann Arbor city council candidate forum (video & transcript) – University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, April 13, 2016

How the Ann Arbor city council primary races were won – Ann Arbor Chronicle, Aug. 7, 2014

Three critical council races – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2014

Council Election Finance 2014: Charts, Maps – Ann Arbor Chronicle, July 26, 2014

Court: Don’t Count Ward 3 Defective Ballots – Ann Arbor Chronicle, July 22, 2014

Grand vs. Kunselman: 3rd Ward race for Ann Arbor City Council heating up –, July 25, 2013