Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 1
UPDATE: Anne Bannister defeated incumbent Jason Frenzel in the Aug. 8 primary. She prevailed with 53.15% of the vote compared to 46.68% for Frenzel. Bannister will advance to the Nov. 7 general election. Click here for all election results.
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 faces Jason Frenzel in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary election.
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
Bannister defeats Frenzel to win 1st Ward Ann Arbor council race – MLive, Aug. 8, 2017
Ann Arbor City Council incumbents face slate of anti-high-rise challengers – Michigan 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 races – MLive, Aug. 1, 2017
Ann Arbor's gentrification becomes a City Council election issue – MLive, July 28, 2017
Ann Arbor council candidates greeted by protesters at Dems forum – MLive, 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 money – MLive, July 4, 2017
Start a conversation – Michigan Daily, June 28, 2017
Ward 1 candidate Anne Bannister looks to bring transparency to A2 City Council – Michigan Daily, May 29, 2017
Pioneer economics students test above average in personal finance – AAPS News, May 2, 2011
Democrats will toast to women's rights with Women's History Month Celebration at Alley Bar – AnnArbor.com, March 28, 2011