Who's Running for Ann Arbor District Library Board?
OUTCOME: Victoria Green, Colleen Sherman, Linh Song and Jamie Vander Broek were elected to the Ann Arbor District Library board. Click here for details of that outcome. For more results, check the Washtenaw County elections site.
The Ann Arbor District Library is a public library system funded by a perpetual millage and serving Ann Arbor area residents. In addition to the main downtown building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and William, the AADL operates four branches: Malletts Creek, Traverwood, Pittsfield and West.
The library board is responsible for approving the roughly $15 million annual budget, setting policy, and hiring/overseeing the library director. Positions on the seven-member board are elected at large by voters in Ann Arbor and portions of seven townships that are covered by the library’s district – Pittsfield, Scio, Ann Arbor, Lodi, Webster, Salem and Superior. Those are the same boundaries served by the Ann Arbor Public Schools, with the exception of Northfield Township, which is partly within the AAPS district but has its own library system. (The overlap of boundaries is a relic of their past, when the Ann Arbor library was part of the school system.)
This year, four seats are open so the top four vote-getters will win election. These are nonpartisan, unpaid positions with four-year terms. There are eight candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot, including one incumbent. Three incumbents – Nancy Kaplan, Margaret Leary and Prue Rosenthal – decided not to seek re-election.