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Welcome, and thank you for visiting my campaign web site. My name is Jack Eaton, and I am asking for your vote in the upcom­ing August 4th Democratic primary election for City Council.

Like many Ann Arbor citizens I first came to town to attend the University of Michigan. I liked the city, its neigh­borhoods, the trees and the parks. I have lived here for the last 30 years. My wife and I raised our two children, who are now adults, in the Dicken neighborhood.

It has been my pleasure to represent Ward 4 since November 2013. As a Council member I serve a two year term. While I have only been in office about 16 months, it is time to start my reelection campaign. When I ran for Council in 2013, I promised to listen to the concerns of Fourth Ward residents and approach each issue with common sense. In speaking to my Ward 4 neighbors, I heard the same themes repeated: City Hall needs to focus on the basics—water, sewer, solid waste, recycling, composting, infrastructure and safety. I have tried to represent those priorities on Council.

As just one person on an eleven member Council, I have not always been on the prevailing side of issues. I have, however, always done my best to represent the voices of Ward 4 residents.

The Council is responsible for setting broad policy for the city admini­stration to implement. The Council is also responsible for exercising oversight of that implemen­tation. Within the area of setting policy, I believe the most important actions by Council are the budget decisions we make. The budget determines how we allocate our scarce resources to best serve the needs and desires of the community. I place high priority on public services, public safety and essential infrastructure.

Funding the services we need means keeping watch over how we spend tax dollars. I am proud of my record of oversight. For example, when staff brought forward a resolution to approve a contract extension costing about $749,000, I worked with Lawton neighborhood activists to review the services promised in the contract. We were able to reduce the cost of that contract extension to about $150,000. That was a savings of almost $600,000 from just one consulting contract.

I hope you will support my reelection so that I may continue to pursue priorities of Ward 4 residents while keeping a watchful eye on how we spend tax revenues. As I campaign, I will be knocking on doors in the Fourth Ward to ask you what is important to you. I look forward to meeting as many voters as I can and hearing from you about your vision for the future of our community. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me via phone or email, and explore my campaign web site. Start with the "Ideas" link. Better yet, contact me directly. After all, that's why I'm running for City Council and asking for your vote on August 4th.


Paid for by John Eaton for Council, 1606 Dicken Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48103