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Who's Running for Ann Arbor Mayor and City Council?

There are competitive races in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary for Ann Arbor mayor and in each of the five Ann Arbor City Council wards. There are no Republicans running, so the winners of the Democratic primary will either be unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election or will face independent candidates.

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ANN ARBOR MAYOR

Two candidates are running for Ann Arbor mayor in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary: Jack Eaton and Christopher Taylor. No Republicans are running for mayor.

The mayor is part of an 11-member Ann Arbor City Council, which also includes two seats in each of the city's five wards. The position is elected at-large by voters throughout the city.

The mayor is paid an annual salary of $43,284 though the position isn't considered full-time. (Starting July 1, 2018, the mayor's salary increases to $44,236.) In addition to the council's main responsibilities of managing the budget and overseeing the city administrator and city attorney, the mayor's job includes leading the council meetings and making nominations to various city advisory boards and commissions, as well as certain ceremonial functions.

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ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL WARD 1

Ward 1 is shaped like a butterfly, covering parts of central and northern Ann Arbor. (Click to see a map of city wards.) Each of the city’s five wards is represented with two seats on an 11-member city council, which includes the mayor. Every even-numbered year, one of the two seats is up for election. The terms for council seats are four years, at a salary of $16,231 annually. (Starting July 1, 2018, each councilmember's salary increases to $16,588.) The council's main jobs are managing the budget, and hiring and direct oversight of two city staff positions: city administrator and city attorney.

Sumi Kailasapathy, the incumbent, is not seeking re-election. Ron Ginyard and Jeff Hayner are vying for this seat in the Democratic primary. There is no Republican running in Ward 1. Click on each candidate's photo to learn more.

 

ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL WARD 2

Ward 2 covers parts of northeast, central and east Ann Arbor. (Click to see a map of city wards.) Each of the city’s five wards is represented with two seats on an 11-member city council, which includes the mayor. Every even-numbered year, one of the two seats is up for election. The terms for council seats are four years, at a salary of $16,231 annually. (Starting July 1, 2018, each councilmember's salary increases to $16,588.) The council's main jobs are managing the budget, and hiring and direct oversight of two city staff positions: city administrator and city attorney.

Kathy Griswold and Kirk Westphal are running in the Ward 2 Democratic primary. There is no Republican running in Ward 2. Click on each candidate's photo to learn more.

 

ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL WARD 3

Ward 3 covers parts of central and southeast Ann Arbor. (Click to see a map of city wards.) Each of the city’s five wards is represented with two seats on an 11-member city council, which includes the mayor. Every even-numbered year, one of the two seats is up for election. The terms for council seats are four years, at a salary of $16,231 annually. (Starting July 1, 2018, each councilmember's salary increases to $16,588.) The council's main jobs are managing the budget, and hiring and direct oversight of two city staff positions: city administrator and city attorney.

Julie Grand and Alice Liberson are running in the Ward 3 Democratic primary. No Republicans are running on Aug. 7. Click on each candidate's photo to learn more.

 

ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL WARD 4

Ward 4 covers parts of central, south and southwest Ann Arbor. (Click to see a map of city wards.) Each of the city’s five wards is represented with two seats on an 11-member city council, which includes the mayor. Every even-numbered year, one of the two seats is up for election. The terms for council seats are four years, at a salary of $16,231 annually. (Starting July 1, 2018, each councilmember's salary increases to $16,588.) The council's main jobs are managing the budget, and hiring and direct oversight of two city staff positions: city administrator and city attorney.

Democrats Graydon Krapohl and Elizabeth Nelson are running in the Aug. 7 primary. There are no Republicans competing in Ward 4. Click on each candidate's photo to learn more.

 

ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL WARD 5

Ward 5 covers parts of central and west Ann Arbor. (Click to see a map of city wards.) Each of the city’s five wards is represented with two seats on an 11-member city council, which includes the mayor. Every even-numbered year, one of the two seats is up for election. The terms for council seats are four years, at a salary of $16,231 annually. (Starting July 1, 2018, each councilmember's salary increases to $16,588.) The council's main jobs are managing the budget, and hiring and direct oversight of two city staff positions: city administrator and city attorney.

Ali Ramlawi and Chuck Warpehoski are competing in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. No Republicans are running this year in Ward 5. Click on each candidate's photo to learn more.