Candidate:
Ann Arbor Mayor

Christopher Taylor
Democrat



Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor is an attorney with the law firm of Hooper Hathaway, focusing on business/commercial law and estate planning. He is running for his third term as mayor and faces no opposition on the Nov. 6 ballot. This position has a four-year term.

Taylor defeated Jack Eaton in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary, winning 58.84% of votes cast. No Republican ran for mayor this year.

On his campaign website, Taylor describes his views on a range of issues in the categories of improving basic services, promoting equity, and ensuring sustainability. Among other things, he supports building more affordable housing, creating a community policing committee, and speaking out against "Trumpism."

During his tenure on council, Taylor has sponsored or co-sponsored over 250 resolutions, ordinances and nominations. Resolutions he has sponsored include authorizing funds to buy back the former Y lot (passed) and pledging to support net neutrality (passed).  Resolutions he has co-sponsored include creating a task force for a community policing commission (passed), opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (passed), and committing the city to using 100% clean and renewable energy for its operations (passed).

In 2016, Taylor cast the sole vote against the city’s deer cull but did not use his veto power. (A mayoral veto would have forced the council to take an additional vote supported by an eight-vote majority, in order to sustain the council's initial decision.)

In June of 2018, Taylor was sued – along with the City of Ann Arbor and City Clerk Jackie Beaudry – over a purchase agreement for the city-owned Library Lot. The lawsuit, filed by Ann Arbor Ward 1 Councilmembers Anne Bannister and Sumi Kailasapathy, alleges that the agreement violated the city charter because it wasn’t presented to council for approval.

In his role on council, Taylor's committee work includes service on the Council Rules Committee, Budget & Labor Committee, Administration Committee, Ann Arbor Summer Festival board and as liaison to the Michigan Theater Foundation board. He previously served on other city boards and commissions, including the Ann Arbor Park Advisory Commission and the Ann Arbor Greenbelt Advisory Commission.

Taylor was first elected as mayor of Ann Arbor in November 2014, after winning a 4-way Democratic primary. He was unopposed when he ran for re-election in 2016.

Prior to becoming mayor he was a three-term member of the Ann Arbor City Council, representing Ward 3 from November 2008 to November 2014. Aside from his initial race in the August 2008 Democratic primary against Stephen Kunselman, Taylor ran unopposed in each subsequent primary and general election for Ward 3.

Taylor holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, including a J.D. from the UM Law School. He is an active member of the Ann Arbor performing arts community, and has performed in the Burns Park Players musicals.

Taylor is married to Eva Rosenwald and has two teenage children. The family lives in the Burns Park neighborhood.

Leah Gunn, a former Washtenaw County commissioner, is serving as Taylor's campaign treasurer. Gunn is also treasurer for the city council re-election campaigns of Julie Grand (Ward 3) and Washtenaw County Commissioner Jason Morgan (District 8).

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Christopher Taylor: In The News

Ann Arbor releases new drawings of proposed $86M train stationMLive, Sept. 4, 2018

Christopher Taylor defeats Jack Eaton in Ann Arbor mayoral raceMLive, Aug. 7, 2018

'Dark money' attacks on Ann Arbor candidates raise concernsMLive, Aug. 5, 2018

Getting to know Ann Arbor mayoral candidate Christopher Taylor – WDIV, Aug. 4, 2018

Potholes and Potshots: The city's cratered streets have become a political battlegroundAnn Arbor Observer, August 2018

Summer of Discontent: The August 7 primary will decide the fate of Mayor Taylor and his council majority Ann Arbor Observer, August 2018

Eaton welcomes Republican support in Ann Arbor mayoral raceMLive, July 31, 2018

Nearly $120K in donations fuel Ann Arbor mayoral campaignsMLive, July 30, 2018

Candidate Survey on the Arts & Creative IndustriesThe Arts Alliance, July 24, 2018

How Ann Arbor mayoral candidates voted on key issues, developmentsMLive, July 20, 2018

Candidate Position Summary Regarding Police OversightTransforming Justice Washtenaw, July 2018

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidate Forum (video) Orchard Hills-Maplewood Homeowners Association, July 15, 2018

Ann Arbor Primary Election Candidate Survey – Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition, July 2018

Candidate Comment (video)Community Television Network, July 10, 2018

Soapbox Summer 2018WEMU, July 10, 2018

Disputed changes to Ann Arbor ballot proposal headed to state AGMLive, July 3, 2018

YIMBY Facebook Group Questionnaire – July 2018

City councilmembers sue city of Ann Arbor for breach of protocol in sale of Library LotMichigan Daily, June 27, 2018

Ann Arbor mayoral candidates divided on how to lead cityMLive, June 26, 2018

League of Women Voters Mayoral Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, June 25, 2018

2 Ann Arbor council members sue city, mayor over Library Lot dealMLive, June 20, 2018

Issues Of The Environment: Mayor's Green Fair In Ann Arbor To Highlight Environmental EducationWEMU, June 6, 2018

Mayor's gun violence proclamation met with criticism from protestersMLive, June 5, 2018

Ann Arbor Mayor Announces New LGBTQ LiaisonPrideSource, June 1, 2018

Ann Arbor's new $100K public artwork features gray metal 'leaves' MLive, May 31, 2018

Ann Arbor creating new city position to educate public about deer programMLive, May 25, 2018

Ann Arbor puts millions more toward fixing streets in new budget MLive, May 22, 2018

Ann Arbor approves $5.2M deal to settle Y Lot dispute with DahlmannMLive, May 22, 2018

Does Ann Arbor need a new tax to fund affordable housing?MLive, May 15, 2018

City official says politics in Ann Arbor have sunk to new lowMLive, May 8, 2018

Mayor claims Y Lot 'no' votes may have cost Ann Arbor big moneyMLive, May 2, 2018

Mayoral PreviewAnn Arbor Observer, April 2018

Ann Arbor mayoral candidates differ on key issues facing cityMLive, April 13, 2018

Ann Arbor Mayor & City Council Candidate Forum (video)Community Television Network, April 12, 2018

Ann Arbor council divided over retaining control of Y Lot's futureMLive, April 3, 2018

Councilmember Jack Eaton to challenge Mayor Taylor in 2018 Democratic PrimaryMichigan Daily, March 16, 2018

Ann Arbor council votes 8-3 to approve raise for city administratorMLive, March 13, 2018

Ann Arbor mayor puts 9 things on to-do list as he seeks re-electionMLive, March 6, 2018

Ward Talk with Christopher Taylor (video) Community Television Network (CTN), February 2018

Ann Arbor Inclusive 7 - Interview with Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor – Community Television Network (CTN), February 2018

Ann Arbor Mayor Chris Taylor talks affordable housing, gun violence at student-organized event Michigan Daily, Feb. 21, 2018

Q&A: Mayor Christopher Taylor offers look ahead to 2018 in Ann ArborMLive, Jan. 1, 2018

No ContestAnn Arbor Observer, August 2016

Ann Arbor voters have important City Council races to decide on Aug. 2 – MLive, July 28, 2016

$42K in contributions fuel Ann Arbor council election campaigns – MLive, July 27, 2016

Mayor kicks off re-election campaign promising to stay his courseMichigan Daily, March 23, 2016

Ann Arbor mayor says fight for better pollution cleanup not over yetMLive, March 15, 2016

Ann Arbor mayor delivers 2015 year-in-review reportWEMU, Jan. 4, 2016

Q&A: Ann Arbor mayor on what's ahead for the city in 2016MLive, Jan. 3, 2016

Mr. Congeniality: Christopher Taylor's Civil OffensiveAnn Arbor Observer, December 2015

Taylor's Win: Voters give city council's activist coalition a supermajorityAnn Arbor Observer, September 2015

Mayor Christopher Taylor actively campaigning against City Council colleaguesMLive, July 19, 2015

Ann Arbor mayor floats idea of new local road tax after Proposal 1's defeatMLive, May 12, 2015

Exit John Hieftje: Enter Christopher TaylorAnn Arbor Observer, December 2014

Taylor plans to model Hieftje's goals, leadership Michigan Daily, Oct. 27, 2014

By Precinct: How Taylor Won Ann ArborAnn Arbor Chronicle, Aug. 6, 2014