My Priorities:

Infrastructure

Better Roads - Continue to invest record amounts in our new road prepare plan, in order to fix our failing roads

Storm Water - Water infrastructure is also vital to our city. We must adapt the storm water system to handle increased rainfall

Traffic Safety- Continue to implement improvements to pedestrian crossings, especially near schools, focus on reducing speeding in neighborhoods, and work to increase lighting for enhanced visibility

Sustainability

Drinking Water - Ensure the safety and security of our drinking water, and continue to invest in maintaining our water infrastructure

Parks - Ensure we fully fund our park system, keeping them safe, clean, and maintained. In addition, facilitate improvements that make our parks more accessible to all residents

Transit - Invest in partnerships which lead to the development of public transportation to jobs, entertainment, and other centers of population

Seniors

Accessibility - Ensure senior housing and other resources are connected to the bus system, sidewalks, and other forms of transportation

Zoning - Change zoning laws to allow our residents to affordably downsize and move, while remaining in the community

Community - Continue to foster a city experience with theater, art, museums, and more

A FOCUS ON NEIGHBORHOODS

  • 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

COMMON-SENSE FISCAL PRIORITIES

  • 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

CONSTRUCTIVE, TRANSPARENT COMMUNICATION

  • Engage more constituents through 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

ABOUT KIRK

  • 12-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)
  • 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