Jane Lumm. (Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor Chronicle)Jane Lumm (b. 1957) has served unaffiliated with any political party on the Ann Arbor City Council representing Ward 2 since November 2011. She ran for re-election in November 2015 and defeated Democrat Sally Hart Petersen for a third consecutive two-year term.

A former Republican Councilmember from November 1993 to November 1997, Lumm was elected as an independent candidate in 2011 by defeating incumbent Stephen Rapundalo, a former Republican who had run as a Democrat since 2005.

Lumm was re-elected as an independent in November 2013, beating Democratic Party nominee Kirk Westphal and independent Conrad Brown (a member of the Mixed Use Party).

After her service on the Ann Arbor City Council from 1993 to 1998 Lumm ran for mayor in the 2004 election, losing to incumbent Democrat John Hieftje. In those races she appeared on the ballot as a Republican.

In 1998 she ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for the Michigan House of Representatives in 52nd District seat.

Over the years Lumm has served on the boards of a variety of community and nonprofit organizations, including the Ann Arbor Art Center, Arbor Hospice & Arbor Hospice Foundation, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Washtenaw Literacy, American Cancer Society of Washtenaw County, Wilmot House Steering Committee, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee (1998 – August 2011), and the Ann Arbor Public Schools Bond Oversight Committee.

She is married to John Lumm, former Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents. He retired in 2014. They live near the Huron Hills Golf Course on Ann Arbor's east side.

Timeline: Jane Lumm

  • Nov. 3, 2015: Defeats Democrat Sally Hart Petersen to win another two-year term on the Ann Arbor city council. Gets 2,280 votes (64.46%) compared to 1,250 votes (35.34%) for Petersen.
  • April 2015: Pulls petitions to run for re-election in November as an independent for Ward 2 city council. She faces Democrat Sally Hart Petersen, a former Ward 2 city councilmember who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2014.
  • 2013: Community service includes membership on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Washtenaw County and the Humane Society of Huron Valley, as well as the EMU Women in Philanthropy Committee and the Washtenaw Community College Foundation Women’s Council.
  • November 2013: Wins re-election against Democratic Party candidate Kirk Westphal and independent Conrad Brown, who is part of the informal Mixed Use Party. Lumm receives 2,071 votes (55.9%) compared to 1,549 votes (41.9%) for Westphal and 71 (1.9%) for Brown. Lumm’s relative share of the votes was slightly less than the 60% she received in her 2011 win against Stephen Rapundalo, but came within eight votes of matching the number of votes she received in 2011 (2,079).
  • November 2011: Defeats incumbent Democrat (and former Republican) Stephen RapundaloRapundalo had 1,359 votes (39.5%) to Lumm’s 2,079 (60.4%). 
  • Sept. 15, 2011: Issues press release announcing her campaign committee. Co-chairs for the campaign committee are former Ward 2 Council member, Democrat Leslie Morris and former Republican mayor Ingrid Sheldon.
  • Aug. 10, 2011: Submits nominating petitions to the Ann Arbor city clerk to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot as a candidate in the Ward 2 city council race. She'll appear on the ballot not affiliated with any party – as an independent.
  • November 2004: Runs for mayor as a Republican and loses to Democrat John Hieftje.
  • 2003Receives Huron Valley Girl Scouts’ “Women of Distinction” award.
  • 2002-2003: Serves as president of the Ann Arbor Art Center board.
  • 1998Runs unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for the Michigan House of Representatives in 52nd District.
  • 1996: Wins re-election to city council for a third time – another two-year term as a Republican representing Ward 2.
  • 1994: Wins re-election to city council for a two-year term as a Republican representing Ward 2.
  • April 1993: Wins election to her first term on city council as a Republican representing Ward 2.
  • 1977: Moves to Ann Arbor.
  • 1975: Receives BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.

In the news

Lumm defeats Petersen in Ward 2 – Michigan Daily, Nov. 4, 2015

Lumm defeats Petersen in 2nd Ward Ann Arbor council race – MLive, Nov. 3, 2015

Read letters of support for 2nd Ward candidate Jane Lumm – MLive, Nov. 1, 2015

2nd Ward voters in Ann Arbor to pick between Lumm and Petersen on Tuesday – MLive, Oct. 29, 2015

More than $58K pumped into 2nd Ward council race in Ann Arbor – MLive, Oct. 28, 2015

Ann Arbor City Council Ward 2 endorsement: Jane Lumm – MLive, Oct. 25, 2015

Ann Arbor deer cull controversy becomes election issue in 2nd Ward – MLive, Oct. 1, 2015

Jane Lumm making final run for Ann Arbor City Council – MLive, April 28, 2015

Post-Party Politics: The Activist Coalition vs. the Back-to-Basics Caucus – Ann Arbor Observer, September 2014

How Ann Arbor Council Races Were Won  – Ann Arbor Chronicle, Aug. 7, 2014

Ann Arbor leaders weigh options to control deer population – WXYZ Action News (Detroit's ABC affiliate), May 7, 2014

City Council Incumbents, AAPS Tax Win Ann Arbor Chronicle, November 5, 2013

Jane Lumm wins 2nd Ward race for Ann Arbor City Council – MLive, Nov. 5, 2013

Q&A with Jane Lumm on being back on City Council: 'I do think it's quite a bit different now' – AnnArbor.com, June 27, 2012

General Election 2011 Results Roundup – Ann Arbor Chronicle, Nov. 9, 2011

Fight for Independents: How Jane Lumm beat a Democratic incumbent in Ann Arbor – AnnArbor.com, Nov. 9, 2011

Ward 2 City Council Race Gets Started – Ann Arbor Chronicle, September 15, 2011

Lumm on Ballot for Ward 2 City Council – Ann Arbor Chronicle, August 10, 2011.

Ann Arbor Government: A Retrospective – Other Perspectives, Sept. 2, 2009 (videotaped interview with Jane Lumm and Ingrid Sheldon)


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