Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 2
Kirk Westphal is a videographer and urban planner, operating Westphal Associates LLC in downtown Ann Arbor. Examples of his work include the videos "Insights into a Lively Downtown" and "The Council-Manager Form of Local Government."
He has served on Ann Arbor city council since November 2014, after defeating Nancy Kaplan in the August 2014 Democratic primary. He initially ran for city council in 2013, when he was the Democratic Party candidate for Ward 2 but lost to independent incumbent Jane Lumm in the general election. He served for several years on the Ann Arbor planning commission and environmental commission, and was on the leadership & outreach committee for the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority's Connecting William Street project. On council he has supported development of the city-owned Library Lot, advocated for nonpartisan council elections, and voted in favor of the deer management plan, which includes a cull.
Westphal has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan. He is married to Cynthia Kortman Westphal, an assistant professor of musical theater at the University of Michigan School of Music. They have two young sons and live in the Glacier Highlands neighborhood.
Westphal, the incumbent, was unopposed in the Democratic primary. There are no Republican or Independent candidates, so Westphal will be the only Ward 2 city council candidate to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Kirk Westphal: In The News
No Contest – Ann Arbor Observer, August 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
Attempt to recall Ann Arbor council member fails – MLive, Dec. 17, 2015
Post-Party Politics: The Activist Coalition vs. the Back-to-Basics Caucus – Ann Arbor Observer, September 2014
How Ann Arbor Council 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