Monday, October 6, 2014

Ann Arbor School Board Candidates: Background Information

Below, you will find my first foray into the Ann Arbor school board candidates in the upcoming election. There will be more to come, and as I add information, some of it will be added in separate posts, but this will be the "source post." By which I mean, come to this post and you should find links to the information that you need.

Also, Ed Vielmetti has set up an Arborwiki page for the election. You can actually add information there yourself, or you can send it to him to add.

There is also information at the Ballotpedia website:

Two of the candidates: Christine Stead and Susan Baskett--are incumbents. Depending on whether you have liked what they are doing, or you have not, you might decide you definitely want to support them or you definitely don't want to support them.

A friend asked me the other day if I knew who I was voting for yet. And I don't. I have some thoughts, but what that should tell you is: a) there are more good candidates than there are positions (4), and b) I'm looking for information to help me discern my decisions too!

Four 4-Year Terms--Contact Information

MLive Candidate Survey: As of 10/14/2014, Susan Baskett, Jeffery Harrold, and Deirdre Piper had not responded to the survey.

NameMailing AddressPhoneE-mail
Patricia Ashford Manley2645 Powell Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Don Wilkerson348 Larkspur St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Christine Stead2433 Blueberry Lane
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Jack Panitch501 Burson Pl.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Donna Lasinski4977 St. Annes Ct.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Susan Baskett3 Trowbridge Ct.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Roland Zullo3139 Rumsey Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Jeffery Harrold1393 King George Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Hunter Van Valkenburgh803 Brooks St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Deirdre Piper5918 Versailles Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Websites and additional information, alphabetically by first name:

Christine Stead:

Christine also has been blogging about schools issues for a couple of years now at

Deirdre Piper: 

Don Wilkerson: 

Facebook Don Wilkerson for School Board:

Donna Lasinski:
(Note--Donna also has a web site that is for her business, at You might be interested in that because her business is education related.)

Hunter Van Valkenburgh:

Jack Panitch:

Jeffery Harrold:

Patricia Ashford Manley:

Roland Zullo:

Susan Baskett:

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  1. On Hunter Van Valkenburgh's Facebook page he posted that he, Susan Baskett, Roland Zullo and Jeffrey Harrold are all supporting each other in the race.

    1. I am planning a separate post about slates. Thanks, Ruth