Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 5
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. 2 – MLive, 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 Council – MLive, 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 priorities – MLive, 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.
Two candidates emerge in race for open seats on City Council – Michigan Daily, March 6, 2016
Mayor and five councilmembers to run for re-election while newcomers surface – Michigan Daily, Feb. 26, 2016
Chip Smith wins 5th Ward council race against write-in opponent – MLive, Nov. 3, 2015
5th Ward candidates share desire for safer Ann Arbor streets, differ on development – MLive, Oct. 29, 2015
Ann Arbor drivers need to slow down and give the new pedestrian crossing law a fair chance – Column published in AnnArbor.com, Nov. 13, 2011
Free Stuff? Slow Down! – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Aug. 29, 2008