Ann Arbor Mayor
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 Jack Eaton in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. For the first time, the candidate elected mayor this year will serve a four-year term.
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 Graydon Krapohl (Ward 4), as well as for Washtenaw County Commissioner Jason Morgan (District 8).
Christopher Taylor: In The News
Soapbox Summer 2018 – WEMU, July 10, 2018
Disputed changes to Ann Arbor ballot proposal headed to state AG – MLive, July 3, 2018
YIMBY Facebook Group Questionnaire – July 2018
City councilmembers sue city of Ann Arbor for breach of protocol in sale of Library Lot – Michigan Daily, June 27, 2018
Ann Arbor mayoral candidates divided on how to lead city – MLive, 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 deal – MLive, June 20, 2018
Mayor's gun violence proclamation met with criticism from protesters – MLive, June 5, 2018
Ann Arbor Mayor Announces New LGBTQ Liaison – PrideSource, 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 program – MLive, 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 Dahlmann – MLive, 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 low – MLive, May 8, 2018
Mayor claims Y Lot 'no' votes may have cost Ann Arbor big money – MLive, May 2, 2018
Mayoral Preview – Ann Arbor Observer, April 2018
Ann Arbor mayoral candidates differ on key issues facing city – MLive, 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 future – MLive, April 3, 2018
Councilmember Jack Eaton to challenge Mayor Taylor in 2018 Democratic Primary – Michigan Daily, March 16, 2018
Ann Arbor council votes 8-3 to approve raise for city administrator – MLive, March 13, 2018
Ann Arbor mayor puts 9 things on to-do list as he seeks re-election – MLive, 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 Arbor – MLive, Jan. 1, 2018
No Contest – Ann 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 course – Michigan Daily, March 23, 2016
Ann Arbor mayor says fight for better pollution cleanup not over yet – MLive, March 15, 2016
Ann Arbor mayor delivers 2015 year-in-review report – WEMU, Jan. 4, 2016
Q&A: Ann Arbor mayor on what's ahead for the city in 2016 – MLive, Jan. 3, 2016
Mr. Congeniality: Christopher Taylor's Civil Offensive – Ann Arbor Observer, December 2015
Taylor's Win: Voters give city council's activist coalition a supermajority – Ann Arbor Observer, September 2015
Mayor Christopher Taylor actively campaigning against City Council colleagues – MLive, July 19, 2015
Ann Arbor mayor floats idea of new local road tax after Proposal 1's defeat – MLive, May 12, 2015
Exit John Hieftje: Enter Christopher Taylor – Ann Arbor Observer, December 2014
Taylor plans to model Hieftje's goals, leadership – Michigan Daily, Oct. 27, 2014
By Precinct: How Taylor Won Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor Chronicle, Aug. 6, 2014