Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 1

Anne Bannister

Anne Bannister

UPDATE: Anne Bannister, who was unopposed in the Nov. 7, 2017 general election, received 92.8% of the votes. (Other votes were write-ins.) Turnout in Ward 1 was 12.2%. Click here for detailed results of the Ward 1 election

Anne Bannister is executive director of Personal Finance Education Services Inc. (PFES ), an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit. This is her first run for public office. She is unopposed on Nov. 7, after defeating Jason Frenzel in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary election with 53.15% of the vote.

Bannister is active in the Ann Arbor Democratic Party, previously serving as co-chair of that group and in other leadership roles. She has also served as a Ward 1 precinct delegate for the Democratic Party.

Bannister has stated that her priorities for serving on council include protecting the Huron River from heavy metal/dioxane contamination, supporting a city budget that’s responsive to citizen priorities, accelerating neighborhood sewer and road repairs, and making crosswalks safer.

She graduated from the University of Michigan and has worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry. She is a director for the national Jump$tart Personal Finance Clearinghouse, an online database and virtual library of K-12 and college personal finance education resources. She is a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor. She served on the advisory board for IRA Kids.

Bannister is author of an eight-volume series for teachers and students, titled "Aflatoun: Child Social & Financial Education" and published by Aflatoun, Child Savings International. The books are used in several Euro-Asian countries.

Bannister lives on the north side of downtown Ann Arbor. She is serving as her own campaign treasurer. She was treasurer for Dave DeVarti’s successful campaign for the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees in 2014, as well as treasurer for Yousef Rabhi's campaign committee for the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners when he was elected in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Anne Bannister:  In The News

City Council candidates look to Tuesday's general electionMichigan Daily, Nov. 1, 2017

Nowhere to grow but up? Ann Arbor grapples with solutions to its high-rise problemConcentrate, Nov. 1, 2017

Bannister defeats Frenzel to win 1st Ward Ann Arbor council raceMLive, Aug. 8, 2017

Ann Arbor City Council incumbents face slate of anti-high-rise challengersMichigan Radio, Aug. 7, 2017

City Council elections to take place Tuesday (Roundup of races) – Michigan Daily, Aug. 7, 2017

What should Ann Arbor be doing to fight climate change?MLive, Aug. 7, 2017

Campaign finance reports show political alliances in Ann Arbor racesMLive, Aug. 1, 2017

Ann Arbor's gentrification becomes a City Council election issueMLive, July 28, 2017

Ann Arbor council candidates greeted by protesters at Dems forumMLive, July 26, 2017

1st Ward Ann Arbor council candidates divided on Library Lot development MLive, July 11, 2017

League of Women Voters Ward 1 Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, July 10, 2017

Candidate Comment: Anne Bannister (video) – Community Television Network, July 7, 2017

Ann Arbor council votes 8-3 on how it'd use millions in new tax moneyMLive, July 4, 2017

Start a conversationMichigan Daily, June 28, 2017

Ward 1 candidate Anne Bannister looks to bring transparency to A2 City CouncilMichigan Daily, May 29, 2017

Pioneer economics students test above average in personal financeAAPS News, May 2, 2011

Democrats will toast to women's rights with Women's History Month Celebration at Alley, March 28, 2011