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

There are only two competitive races in the Nov. 6 general election: In Wards 1 and 4. The races for mayor and other city council wards were contested in the Aug. 7, 2018 Democratic primary. No Republicans ran for these offices this year.

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ANN ARBOR MAYOR

Incumbent Democrat Christopher Taylor is the only candidate for mayor on the Nov. 6 ballot. No Republicans or Independents are running. Taylor defeated Jack Eaton in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. Eaton remains on council as a Ward 4 representative.

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 $44,236 though the position isn't considered full-time. 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.

Click on Taylor's photo to learn more. 

 

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 $16,588 annually. 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, did not seek re-election. Democrat Jeff Hayner faces Independent Ryan Hughes on Nov. 6. 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 $16,588 annually. The council's main jobs are managing the budget, and hiring and direct oversight of two city staff positions: city administrator and city attorney.

Democrat Kathy Griswold is the only candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot for Ward 2. She defeated incumbent Kirk Westphal in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. There is no Republican running in Ward 2. Click on Griswold'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 $16,588 annually. The council's main jobs are managing the budget, and hiring and direct oversight of two city staff positions: city administrator and city attorney.

Incumbent Julie Grand is the only candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot for Ward 3. She defeated Alice Liberson in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. No Republicans are running on Nov. 6. Click on Grand'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 $16,588 annually. The council's main jobs are managing the budget, and hiring and direct oversight of two city staff positions: city administrator and city attorney.

Democrat Elizabeth Nelson faces Independent Joe Hood on Nov. 6. Nelson defeated incumbent Graydon Krapohl in the Aug. 7 Democratic 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 $16,588 annually. The council's main jobs are managing the budget, and hiring and direct oversight of two city staff positions: city administrator and city attorney.

Democrat Ali Ramlawi is the only candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot for Ward 5. He defeated incumbent Chuck Warpehoski in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. No Republicans are running this year in Ward 5. Click on Ramlawi's photo to learn more.