So, I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Recently, I’ve been walking around town and seeing signs that say
To Google or not to Google? Like that was the question. These signs are encouraging A2 residents to vote for a Democratic candidate for First Ward, Ann Arbor City Council. (The primary election is August 3, and since the Democratic candidates here are heavily favored in the general election, the primary is crucial.) This particular candidate grew up in Sri Lanka, came to the U.S. 19 years ago, and has been living in Ann Arbor for 13 years.
Imagine how verklempt I was to discover this.
In Jaffna, Sumi was a student activist, and was involved with Poorani, a women’s organization. She’s now a CPA; she previously taught at Eastern Michigan University. I contacted her and asked if she’d chat with the Mutiny about her background and candidacy. She agreed, and so here, in four parts, her filmed conversation with me.
Videos of Sumi debating her opponent, incumbent Sandi Smith:
Bonus link to event with Ann Arbor League of Women Voters