Ann Arbor mayoral candidate Steve Bean fielded a question recently that most candidates for public office aren't asked: Is your candidacy serious or merely symbolic? He says he's serious, though whether he has a shot at winning remains to be seen. Bean, an independent challenging Mayor John Hieftje in Tuesday's election, has run a deafeningly quiet campaign. And some might argue he hasn't waged the kind of aggressive battle it takes for an independent to upset a popular Democratic incumbent in a left-leaning town like Ann Arbor. As part of his campaign, he rode the bus around Ann Arbor on Wednesday. Read the store here.