Kirk for City Council



Friends and Neighbors,

Thank you for visiting my web site.  It’s an honor and privilege to serve you as your Ann Arbor Ward 2 City Councilmember.

It’s critical for me to keep in touch with you—I need to hear your thoughts about how we can make our great community even better.  If you would like to speak with me, the fastest way to reach me is by phone (cell: 734-660-9955) or email (

I will also periodically be relaying information via my Ward 2 newsletter, which you can read below and subscribe to here.  If getting updates via Facebook is helpful, please “Like” my Kirk for Council Facebook page here.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood.


Best regards,

Kirk Westphal

Ann Arbor Ward 2 City Councilmember


Click here to access    Feb 2015 newsletter

Click here to access Feb 2015 newsletter






Vote Kirk Westphal for City Council on August  5, 2014

Dear Neighbor,

Ten years ago, my wife, Cynthia, and I made one of the best decisions of our lives — to live in Ann Arbor. Since then, we have immersed ourselves in the fabric of this amazing city and have chosen to raise our two boys, August (8) and Harry (6), in the beautiful Second Ward. We love our neighborhood, schools, parks, downtown, and above all, the welcoming, progressive community.

Ann Arbor is nationally known for its outstanding quality of life, and that’s why now is the perfect time to be proactive about strengthening the city for the decades to come.

I am running for City Council to continue our great tradition of taking the long view and planning for the future. Whether it’s economic development, enhanced transit, or lasting infrastructure upgrades, I will thoughtfully seek opportunities that will benefit us in the long run. Making a great city even greater takes both efficient service delivery today and a long-term vision of tomorrow.

Since completing my masters degree in urban planning at the University of Michigan, I’ve been honored to serve on the city’s Planning Commission for the past eight years (which I now chair), the Environmental Commission, the Glacier Area Homeowners Association, and as a steward for Glacier Highlands Park. All of these experiences — in addition to my professional life as a best practices consultant to local governments — have inspired me to deepen my involvement in the community.

Like many of you, I feel fortunate to live in this remarkable place. In the face of Michigan’s challenging economy, Democrats on City Council have been able to keep Ann Arbor heading in the right direction — and maintain the qualities that make us unique. There are plenty of communities that provide “the basics” to their citizens. I live in Ann Arbor because it is exceptional.

I hope to earn your support on Election Day, August 5th, 2014.



  • Take back our neighborhood streets—crack down on speeding
  • Build a realistic plan to accelerate road repair
  • Prioritize neighborhood park improvements
  • Invest in tree planting and maintenance


  • Hold contractors accountable for substandard road work
  • Consider money-saving solutions proven successful in other cities
  • Leverage all the federal and state money we can for transit and infrastructure
  • Boost city services through a growing economy


  • Engage more constituents through weekly o!ce hours and monthly newsletters
  • Listen to and represent all constituent voices
  • Navigate the city bureaucracy to get your problems solved
  • Establish a reliable, city-wide tracking system for citizen concerns


  • 10-year resident of Ward 2 (Geddes Lake and Glacier Highlands)
  • Married to Cynthia (UM musical theater faculty); two sons, August and Harry, attend King Elementary
  • Urban Planner and local government consultant
  • Planning Commission (8 years, currently Chair)
  • Environmental Commission (5 years)
  • Ann Arbor’s Annual Memorial Day Parade (3 years, past Chair)
  • Glacier Highlands Park Steward (3 years)
  • AARP’s “Michigan Age-Friendly Communities Symposium” (2013, Co-Chair)
  • Chief advocate for Ann Arbor’s “American Greatest Main Streets” award (2012), Travel and Leisure magazine)
  • Master of Urban PLanning, University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics, Wharton School

What are your priorities? Let’s talk: (734) 845-9220


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