Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 1
Sumi Kailasapathy is a certified public accountant, working for Edwards, Ellis, Armstrong & Company, a downtown Ann Arbor firm. She has served on the Ann Arbor city council since November 2012 and is running for her third term representing Ward 1. Her first bid for office was in 2010, when she lost the Democratic primary for Ward 1 to Sandi Smith.
Kailasapathy prevailed over Jason Frenzel and Will Leaf in the Aug. 2, 2016 Democratic primary. She is unopposed on the Nov. 8 ballot.
On city council, Kailasapathy has advocated for increased funding for public safety services, for neighborhood infrastructure (such as more street lighting), and for greater oversight of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA). She has opposed selling the city-owned Library Lot and opposed the city’s now-defunct Percent for Art program. She voted in favor of the city’s deer management plan, which included a cull. She serves on the city’s human rights commission, the council’s audit committee, budget & labor committee, liquor license review committee, and council rules committee.
Kailasapathy is a native of Sri Lanka and has been living in the United States since the early 1990s, moving to Ann Arbor in 1997. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has a master's degree from New School for Social Research. Kailasapathy is married to Giri Jogaratnam, a professor at Eastern Michigan University. They have two teenage sons and live in the Foxfire neighborhood of Ward 1.
Sumi Kailasapathy: In The News
City Council election results reaffirm status quo – Michigan Daily, Aug. 3, 2016
Sumi Kailasapathy wins 1st Ward Ann Arbor council primary – MLive, Aug. 2, 2016
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
City Council candidates debate transparency, water safety and taxes – Michigan Daily, July 13, 2016
Threat to Ann Arbor's water supply an issue in City Council races – MLive, July 13, 2016
Train station, transparency are dividing issues in Ann Arbor council races – MLive, July 13, 2016
League of Women Voters Ward 1 candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network (CTN), July 12, 2016
Soapbox Summer (audio and transcript) – WEMU, July 12, 2016
1st Ward candidates talk housing affordability, police oversight, climate change – MLive, July 9, 2016
2016 Candidate Comments (video of short speeches by candidates) – Community Television Network (CTN), July 2016. Ward 1 candidates speak during the first 10 minutes.
How Ann Arbor Council Races Were Won – Ann Arbor Chronicle, Aug. 7, 2014
Election 2014: Reader endorsements for Sumi Kailasapathy – MLive, Aug. 4, 2014
Three Critical Council Races – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2014
2014 Pre-Primary Finance: Donor Analysis – Ann Arbor Chronicle, July 28, 2014
Council Election Finance 2014: Charts, Maps – Ann Arbor Chronicle, July 26, 2014