Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 5

Kevin Leeser

Kevin Leeser

Kevin Leeser is a registered nurse working at the University of Michigan Hospital, and has also worked as a documentary filmmaker. He has been active in the Save Our Streets group (SOS – formerly Safety on Seventh), which advocates for traffic calming and pedestrian/bicycle safety.

In November 2015 he ran as an official write-in candidate for Ward 5, losing to the Democratic candidate Chip Smith. For this election cycle, Leeser initially pulled petitions to run as an independent candidate in Ward 5. However, he subsequently filed to run as a Democratic candidate and will appear on the Aug. 2 ballot.

Leeser has lived on the city’s Old West Side for about 10 years and is married to Lauren Miller. The couple has two young children.

Kevin Leeser:  In The News

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. 2MLive, July 28, 2016

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

Soapbox Summer (audio and transcript) – WEMU, July 25, 2016

5th Ward candidates differ on wave of new development in Ann Arbor – MLive, July 15, 2016

Deer cull divides 5th Ward candidates for Ann Arbor City CouncilMLive, July 14, 2016

League of Women Voters Ward 5 candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network (CTN), July 13, 2016

City Council candidates debate transparency, water safety and taxes – Michigan Daily, July 13, 2016

5th Ward candidates for Ann Arbor council discuss top prioritiesMLive, July 10, 2016

2016 Candidate Comments (video of short speeches by candidates)Community Television Network (CTN), July 2016. Ward 5 candidates begin at 00:20:16.

Response to Arts Alliance questionnaire (see pages 58-59)

Two candidates emerge in race for open seats on City CouncilMichigan Daily, March 6, 2016

Mayor and five councilmembers to run for re-election while newcomers surfaceMichigan Daily, Feb. 26, 2016

Chip Smith wins 5th Ward council race against write-in opponentMLive, Nov. 3, 2015

5th Ward candidates share desire for safer Ann Arbor streets, differ on developmentMLive, Oct. 29, 2015

5th Ward candidates for Ann Arbor council discuss development, parks, train station and moreMLive, Oct. 9, 2015

League of Women Voters Ann Arbor City Council Ward 5 Candidate Forum (video) – Oct. 8, 2015

Ann Arbor drivers need to slow down and give the new pedestrian crossing law a fair chance – Column published in, Nov. 13, 2011

Free Stuff? Slow Down! The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Aug. 29, 2008