Floyd has masters’ degrees in public policy (from the U-M) and accounting (from DePaul University). His website is strongly focused on development issues, including the dramatic charge that “council’s downtown development will raise your taxes.” Because property taxes on new projects go to the DDA rather than to the general fund, he argues, “services to new downtown residents will be paid for by the rest of us.” Instead, Floyd writes, Ann Arbor should be “emulating the European model, protecting the historic center of town by locating tall buildings at the edge of town and providing transit to the center.”
Floyd emphasizes that he is running on local issues only—he says he has not asked for support from the Republican Party, or even other local Republicans. Interestingly, though, he seems to have picked up support from some disaffected backers of Democrat Vivienne Armentrout, Hohnke’s opponent in the August primary. (Armentrout says that she has “decided not to endorse either candidate.”)
Like Floyd, Hohnke, thirty-eight, is an Ann Arbor native and U-M grad; he has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and biopsychology. After getting a Ph.D. in neuroscience from MIT, he is now an organizational consultant. Hohnke barely beat Armentrout in August, but he should have an easier time in November, since many Obama backers are likely to vote for local Dems as well. Although Hohnke contends that reports of a city council schism are exaggerated, he appears to be in sync with the supporters of Mayor Hieftje on council, and the mayor endorsed him in the Democratic primary.