Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 2
Kirk Westphal is a videographer and urban planner, operating Westphal Associates LLC in downtown Ann Arbor. He is seeking his third term on Ann Arbor City Council and faces Kathy Griswold in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. Councilmembers elected this year will serve a four-year term.
According to his campaign website, Westphal lists his priorities as a focus on neighborhoods, common-sense fiscal responsibility, and constructive, transparent communication.
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.
During his tenure on council, Westphal has sponsored or co-sponsored nearly 50 resolutions and ordinances. His co-sponsorships include resolutions to accept a settlement with developer Dennis Dahlmann over the former Y lot (passed), supporting Vision Zero implementation for pedestrian safety (passed), and switching to nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council (defeated).
In his capacity as councilmember, Westphal serves on the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues, Board of Insurance Administration, Council Liquor License Review Committee, Council Rules Committee, and as liaison to the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS).
Westphal has served on council since November 2014, after defeating Nancy Kaplan in the August 2014 Democratic primary. He was unopposed for re-election in 2016.
He initially ran for city council in 2013, when he was the Democratic Party candidate for Ward 2. In the general election that year, Westphal lost to independent incumbent Jane Lumm, getting 41.62% of the votes.
Before his election to council, Westphal 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.
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 associate professor of musical theater at the University of Michigan School of Music. They have two young sons and live in the Glacier Highlands neighborhood.
Mike Allemang, an attorney and board member of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, is serving as Westphal's campaign treasurer.
Kirk Westphal: In The News
Ann Arbor council shuts down talks of privatizing trash pickup – MLive, May 24, 2018
Ann Arbor approves $5.2M deal to settle Y Lot dispute with Dahlmann – MLive, May 22, 2018
City Council passes 2019 Fiscal Year budget – Michigan Daily, May 22, 2018
Does Ann Arbor need a new tax to fund affordable housing? – MLive, May 15, 2018
Mayor claims Y Lot 'no' votes may have cost Ann Arbor big money – MLive, May 2, 2018
Ann Arbor puts temporary moratorium on new marijuana dispensaries – MLive, April 16, 2018
Ann Arbor mayor and council candidates explain why they're running – MLive, April 15, 2018
Ann Arbor Mayor & City Council Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, April 12, 2018
Candidates for mayor and city council debate policing, campaign contributions – Michigan Daily, April 12, 2018
Ann Arbor council divided over retaining control of Y Lot's future – MLive, April 3, 2018
Ann Arbor rejects police recommendation that Scorekeepers bar lose liquor license – MLive, Feb. 23, 2018
Ann Arbor Citizens Academy: An insider's look into local government – All About Ann Arbor (WDIV), Feb. 13, 2018
Should Ann Arbor shut down traffic lanes on streets to improve safety? – MLive, Oct. 23, 2017
Ann Arbor council member's wife hits 2 deer while taking kids to school – MLive, Jan. 31, 2017
2 groups take different sides on Ann Arbor election reform proposal – MLive, Oct. 10, 2016
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
Who runs Ann Arbor? Some council members call for reform – Concentrate, July 29, 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