Hi there! I'm Ann Arbor City Council Member Chip Smith, the Democrat representing the Fifth Ward. If you want to learn about what I stand for, watch my community values video. You'll find it just over to the right.
Two years ago, I ran for and was elected to City Council on a platform to bring more engaged and forward-thinking leadership to City Hall. I described a vision for improving transportation for all users in the city. I spoke about the importance of planning for the impacts of climate change. I also pledged to roll up my sleeves to make government work better for the citizens of Ann Arbor. I was elected overwhelmingly then, and again this year in the Democratic Primary, because the City cares strongly about these issues too.
In the nearly 2 years I've been on City Council, I have made considerable progress: I’ve authored, sponsored, and/or co-sponsored more than 40 adopted resolutions and pieces of legislation. Many addressing just those issues I promised I'd work to address. Just a few of the issues I've tackled in my short time advocating for you:
Adopted design guidelines for downtown development
Strengthened the 1,4 dioxane standard to keep our drinking water safe
Adopted a vulnerable road user ordinance to protect cyclists and pedestrians
Expanded local funding for street, sidewalk, bicycle, and crosswalk improvements
Quadrupled the lane miles of roadway improved every year
Commited to meeting the Paris Climate Agreement
Funded a street tree program to capture stormwater and preserve neighborhood character
Created a bulk buy solar program for residents
Established Ann Arbor as a welcoming community to immigrants and refugees
I'm running for re-election because, while we’ve come a long way, we still have a lot to accomplish.
We need sustainable funding for affordable housing and climate adaptation programs. We need to address the shortage of housing. And we need to focus on improving our roads so they are safe for all users -- walkers, bikers, and vehicles.
Please, take a look around the site and let me know if you have any questions or concerns - or if you want to add your name as a supporter!
I'd be humbled to again have your support in the General Election on Tuesday, November 7th.