Bob Guenzel doesn't disagree with Gunn's self-estimation but adds that she's "very politically astute. She understands the trade-offs you have to make. She's very smart, very strong-willed, and she tells it as it is. It adds to her credibility. Sometimes she comes on too strong, but it's usually for a good cause."
Gunn is a strategist and a deal maker, and she wants to take the peaceful route, says McDaniel. "But you better come prepared to change her mind with empirical data. Don't come in limping with anecdotal information. She needs facts and figures."
Comparing Bergman and Gunn, McDaniel says, "they're both fighters, but Leah's going to come into the ring and figure out your moves while Barbara's just going to come in and hit you between the eyes!"
The two most tangible monuments to Bergman and Gunn are the Delonis Center on Huron and the Washtenaw County Youth Center on Washtenaw, both opened in 2003.
"Leah was an ardent leader in the development of Delonis Center," says board chairman Smith, "and for her efforts, she was rewarded with a recall campaign!"