Alice about Alice
Yes, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, annarbor.com and other occasional online posts. Try my blog on the campaign journal page. It's not just about me. It's about us!
Service to Community. It's an everyday kind of thing we do--residents working together and with officials to have the kind of community we believe in. Look where I started--a kid in Campfire. Wo-He-Lo! Now, I'm running to serve as Commissioner for Washtenaw County District 11.
Living here 34 years, Wow! I just realized that I've lived in the heart of District 11 for 34 years! My job in college textbook publishing took me all over Lower Michigan and into adjacent states. Having 'been there' I like where I live!
Michigan Registered Architect. I'm experienced in sustainable building rehabilitation, giving new lives to the greenest buildings--the ones that already exist! Expanding from urban design training, I advocate for resilient public policy that can keep Washenaw wonderful.
Lifelong Education. I went to Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) straight from Oklahoma to major in French, and was swept into student anti-war protests, social change. Later, the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning seemed tame, but Walter Cronkite spoke at our graduation. Next up, attending to core responsiblities of county government by applying my lifelong education, leadership and common sense.
Extended and chosen families. That's who we draw around us. We have only to think of brothers and sisters, spouses, aging parents, and the toddlers who are learning to walk [so they can go to school] like the big kids--to realize that now, in a time of seeming scarcity, is the time to create our future abundance.
Friends about Alice
Please go to the be heard page using the link at the left rail to be quoted here, or just to tell Alice, and all of us, about what focus you would like for our campaign.
The county Board of Commissioners needs all the brains and integrity we can recruit. Elect Alice Ralph to the 11th district! M. MacMullan
I'd have voted for you even if you hadn't noted our [yard full of] succulents (but we're so glad you did!). B. Price
In addition to her respect for history, Alice has been an excellent ally in promoting equal rights, including her leadership in the local Women Progressive Activists group. Jean Ledwith King
You had me at "leavening for a full-loaf future"! J. Jaslow
You will bring a lot of practical experience!...My Mom used to say that very few public officials, in her opinion, had much common sense, so you will bring that as well! N. Snyder
You'll find Friends for Alice Ralph, with Alice in your neighborhood, at civic meetings and on these pages. Some of us are also on Alice's Facebook page. Ask us!
* The women above are moms, lawyers, teachers, doctors, counselors and more. (Alice is an licensed architect--and more.)
Why Friends for Alice Ralph support her for District 11 Washtenaw County Commissioner
Alice Ralph keeps standing up, bicycling around and speaking out on behalf of neighborhoods. Not just in the interests of her own neighborhood, but for neighborhoods throughout Ann Arbor and on the issues that affect communities in Washtenaw County and beyond.
Alice stood up, literally, when asked if she would run for office in 2006. She got on her bicycle and went door to door in Ward 3, to understand what concerned her neighbors. In about 10 weeks, she got an earful that took her within 29 votes of winning a seat on Ann Arbor City Council. Maybe you heard her speak then.
Alice has sat down, too. She has sat in on numerous public committee meetings, often sheduled at inconvenient times, and some with predictably low attendance. She found out how and where many decisions having serious impact on daily life are made. At hearings and forums, she still speaks up on issues like neighborhood conservation, watersheds, parking and transportation planning, downtown development, parks and more--often on our behalf and standing with us we were are there.
Alice Ralph listens for flexible and durable answers and speaks about them with good sense.