Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners District 7
Andy LaBarre is executive vice president and director of government relations for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is seeking his fourth term to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners office and is unopposed in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. In the Nov. 6 general election, he faces Republican Joe Miriani, who is also running unopposed in the primary.
He has supported development of county-owned property on Platt Road, and advocated for a new countywide tax to support police and mental health services, which voters approved in November 2017. He also represents the county in negotiations with the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, which is trying to expand public transportation between Detroit and nearby counties, including Washtenaw.
LaBarre currently serves as chair of the county board and is part of its leadership team. He was first elected in 2012 after defeating Christina Montague in the Democratic primary and Republican David Parker in the general election. He was re-elected in 2014, defeating Republican Joe Miriani that year with 77.14% of the votes. In 2016 he was unopposed in both the primary and general election.
Prior to his job at the chamber, LaBarre worked for U.S. Rep. John Dingell from 2005-2011. In 2004 he worked briefly as a press assistant for U.S. Senator Carl Levin.
LaBarre has previously served on the Ann Arbor Housing Commission, the Center for Occupational and Personalized Education (C.O.P.E.) Advisory Board, the SOS Community Services Board, Washtenaw Eastern Leaders Group and Washtenaw Success By 6 Leadership Commission. His political work has included serving on the executive boards of the 15th Congressional District Democratic Organization and the Washtenaw County Democratic Party.
LaBarre grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from Pioneer High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and political science from Wittenberg University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University.
He is married to Megan LaBarre, a special education teacher at Dexter High School. The couple has two young children and live on Ann Arbor's north side near the Dhu Varren Woods Nature Area.
Ellen Offen is serving as LaBarre's campaign treasurer.
Andy LaBarre: In The News
Outcomes of Washtenaw County Board Of Commissioner Races – WEMU, Aug. 8, 2018
Gun Safety Week in Washtenaw County – The Sun Times, June 27, 2018
Detroit regional mass transit plan dead for 2018 – Bridge Magazine, June 27, 2018
Wayne-Washtenaw transit plan may be option if 4-county plan lacks support – MLive, March 16, 2018
Washtenaw County looks to divest from gun and ammo makers – MLive, Feb. 27, 2018
Wayne and Washtenaw leaders to pursue mass transit plan, with or without Macomb and Oakland – Michigan Radio, Feb. 21, 2018
As mass transit talks slow, will Wayne, Washtenaw counties go it alone? – Bridge Magazine, Feb. 6, 2018
15-acre solar array on list of Washtenaw County issues in 2018 – MLive, Jan. 22, 2018
Washtenaw officials monitoring federal government shutdown – MLive, Jan. 20, 2018
Washtenaw commissioners reject pay raises for themselves in 6-2 vote – MLive, Nov. 16, 2017
Voters show 2-to-1 support for Washtenaw mental health and public safety tax – MLive, Nov. 7, 2017
Washtenaw Republicans oppose mental health and public safety tax plan – MLive, Oct. 31, 2017
Solar-powered, mixed-income cottage community chosen for Ann Arbor site – MLive, Aug.2, 2017
Ann Arbor knows it has an affordability problem. But where's the solution? – Concentrate, May 17, 2017
County board chair in Ann Arbor fears uncertain future under Trump – MLive, Jan. 23, 2017
No Contest – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016
Snowflake Wanted: After a first search founders, the county is once again looking for an administrator – Ann Arbor Observer, July 2016
Commissioners vote against placing road tax on August ballot – MLive, May 5, 2016
County looking to solicit development proposals for Platt Road site – MLive, Jan. 21, 2016
Andy LaBarre: The chamber’s resident liberal – Ann Arbor Observer, September 2015
County Commissioner Andy LaBarre attacked by far-right local radio personality Thayrone X for moving to renegotiate union contracts prior to Right-to-Work legislation going into effect – MarkMaynard.com, Feb. 8, 2013
Andy LaBarre makes bid for county board official, will face former commissioner Christina Montague – AnnArbor.com, April 24, 2012