Stephen Kunselman is a member of Ann Arbor City Council (D-3rd). He was elected in 2006 for a two year term. During his first Council term, he championed the backyard chicken ordinance, the skate park, and reform of the sidewalk vendor ordinance. When he ran for reelection in 2008, he was defeated by Christopher Taylor. In 2009, he ran against incumbent Leigh Greden and won. He was reelected in 2011, and defeated Democrat Julie Grand in the August 2013 primary election and independent candidate Sam DeVarti in the November 2013 general election.
Kunselman has pulled petitions to run for Mayor in the 2014 election.
Before serving on City Council, Kunselman had served multiple terms on the Ann Arbor Planning Commission.
In 2009, Mr. Kunselman ran for Council, challenging incumbent Leigh Greden in the August 4, 2009 primary election. In a three way race (also including LuAnne Bullington), Kunselman beat the incumbent 511 to 505. Mr. Greden requested a recount, which was conducted on August 28, 2009. The vote remained unchanged after the recount. Kunselman won the 2009 general election unopposed.
In 2011, Mr. Kunselman ran for reelection. In the August Democratic Party primary, he faced two challengers, Ingrid Alt and Marwan Issa. Mr. Kunselman received 59% of the vote: 637 votes, compared to 389 for Ingrid Ault and 55 for Marwan Issa.
In the November 2011 general election, Mr. Kunselman faced Republican David Parker. Mr. Kunselman won every precinct in the Third Ward with at least 70% of the vote.
In 2013, Mr. Kunselman ran for reelection. In the August 2013 Democratic Party primary, he was opposed by Julie Grand. In spite of a well financed, well organized campaign, Ms. Grand fell short of beating incumbent Kunselamn.
- August 7, 2013 Ann Arbor Chronicle - Eaton, Kunselman Prevail in Primaries
In the November 2013 general election, Mr. Kunselman faced independent candidate Sam Devarti. Kunselman received 70.3% of the vote.
- November 6, 2013 Ann Arbor Chronicle - City Council Incumbents, AAPS Tax Win
Previous government experience
Kunselman was previously the administrator for Wayne County's Sumpter Township, a post he held until 2003.
On the Web
Press, interviews, etc
- Arbor Update Voter Guide, 2008: Ward 3: Stephen Kunselman vs. Christopher Taylor
- Ann Arbor Chronicle, 11 Nov. 2008: Six Questions: Stephen Kunselman
- Progressives of Washtenaw Candidate Endorsement, 2008: Steve Kunselman: Courage of his Convictions
- Ann Arbor News, 1 Dec. 2007: Your new neighbors in Ann Arbor? Chickens, possibly
- Interview: Steve Kunselman on Teeter Talk, 2006
- From the Daily: Councilman Kunselman, editorial from the Michigan Daily, October 2006