Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 5

Chuck Warpehoski

Chuck Warpehoski

Ali Ramlawi defeated incumbent Chuck Warpehoski on Aug. 7, winning 50.94% of votes cast. Ramlawi does not face opposition on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Click here for full election results.

Chuck Warpehoski is director of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, an Ann Arbor nonprofit. This year he is running for his fourth consecutive term to represent Ward 5 on the Ann Arbor City Council, and faces Ali Ramlawi in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary.

Councilmembers elected this year will serve a four-year term.

According to Warpehoski's campaign website, his priorities include strong core services, social justice and the environment.

During his tenure on city council, Warpehoski has sponsored or co-sponsored more than 100 resolutions and ordinances. Those include resolutions creating a task force for a community policing commission (passed), committing the city to using 100% clean and renewable energy for its operations (passed) and requesting ICE to stay the deportation of Ann Arbor resident Lourdes Salazar-Bautista (passed).

He supported buying back the former Y lot from developer Dennis Dahlmann and developing the city-owned Library Lot site. He voted in favor of the city’s deer management plan, which included a cull. This year, he voted in the minority against increasing funds for the deer management plan.

In 2014 he also developed and sponsored an ordinance regulating smoking outside of public buildings and also in areas of some city parks, which was approved by council.

Warpehoski served on the steering committee for the More Buses campaign, which supported a new transit millage to expand services of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. The millage was approved by voters in May 2014.

In his role as a councilmember, Warpehoski serves on the following groups: Coordinated Funding Leadership Team, Urban County Executive Committee, Council Policy Agenda Committee, Council Budget & Labor Committee, Council Administration Committee, Housing Affordability & Equity Task Force, Washtenaw Metro Alliance and the Brownfield Plan Review Committee. He is also a liaison to the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS) and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).

Warpehoski was first elected to the Ann Arbor City Council in 2012, defeating Vivienne Armentrout in the August primary with 56.33% of the votes. That year he beat Republican Stuart Berry in the November general election. He was re-elected in 2014 (defeating Leon Bryson in the August primary) and 2016 (prevailing in the Democratic primary against Kevin Leeser and defeating independent David Silkworth in the general election).

Warpehoski, a graduate of Grinnell College, is married to Nancy Shore, strategic partnership and volunteer coordinator for the Ann Arbor Public Schools. They have two young children and live near Winewood Thaler Park on the city’s west side.

Nancy Shore, Warpehoski's wife, is serving as his campaign treasurer.

Click here for a description of the mayor and city councilmember jobs, as well as links to other council candidate profiles.

Chuck Warpehoski:  In The News

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

Getting to know Ann Arbor City Council candidate Chuck WarpehoskiWDIV, Aug. 4, 2018

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

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

Candidate Position Summary Regarding Police OversightTransforming Justice Washtenaw, July 2018

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

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

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

YIMBY Facebook Group Questionnaire – July 2018

Warpehoski faces Ann Arbor restaurant owner in 5th Ward council raceMLive, June 28, 2018

League of Women Voters Wards 4 & 5 Ann Arbor City Council Candidate Forum (video) –Community Television Network, June 27, 2018

Ann Arbor raises expired parking meter fines to free up more street parkingWDIV, June 19, 2018

Ann Arbor ups penalty fines for expired-meter parking ticketsMLive, June 18, 2018

New medical marijuana dispensary opens near campus amid new licensing requirementsMichigan Daily, May 30, 2018

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

Ann Arbor council shuts down talks of privatizing trash pickupMLive, May 24, 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

5th Ward Ann Arbor candidates vow to not take money from developersMLive, May 4, 2018

Can Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County develop a long-term plan to address racial inequity? – Concentrate, May 2, 2018

New Legislation May Eventually End Ann Arbor's Deer Sterilization ProgramWEMU, April 19, 2018

5th Ward candidates in Ann Arbor disagree on how to use new tax moneyMLive, April 14, 2018

Ann Arbor mayor and council candidates explain why they're runningMLive, April 13, 2018

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

City Council votes to allow higher density of medical marijuana dispensariesMichigan Daily, Dec. 18, 2017

Take a knee protests go from the sidelines to City Council chambersCNN, Oct. 18, 2017

Four Ann Arbor city council members take a knee during Pledge of AllegianceMLive, Oct. 17, 2017

Ann Arbor City Council Adding Racist Graffiti Incident To Its Agenda For Tonight's MeetingWEMU, Aug. 21, 2017

Chuck Warpehoski wins 5th Ward race for Ann Arbor City Council MLive, Nov. 9, 2016

Editorial: Vote Chuck WarpehoskiMichigan Daily, Nov. 3, 2016

Development is top issue in Ward 5 City Council raceMichigan Daily, Oct. 27, 2016

Ward 5 Candidates Comment (video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 7, 2016

Ann Arbor council candidates disagree on big issues facing city – MLive, Sept. 28, 2016

League of Women Voters candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network, Sept. 26, 2016

City Council election results reaffirm status quoMichigan Daily, Aug. 3, 2016

Warpehoski wins 5th Ward primary in Ann Arbor by 2-to-1 marginMLive, Aug. 2, 2016

Three Races, Eight Candidates: Will the Aug. 2 primary change council? – 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

5th Ward candidates differ on wave of new development in Ann ArborMLive, July 15, 2016

Deer cull divides 5th Ward candidates for Ann Arbor City Council – MLive, July 14, 2016

League of Women Voters Ward 5 candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network (CTN), July 13, 2016

City Council candidates debate transparency, water safety and taxes – Michigan Daily, July 13, 2016

5th Ward candidates for Ann Arbor council discuss top priorities – MLive, July 10, 2016

2016 Candidate Comments (video of short speeches by candidates) – Community Television Network (CTN), July 2016. Ward 5 candidates begin at 00:20:16.

Candidates weigh in on cleaning up Ann Arbor's polluted groundwater – MLive, April 14, 2016

2016 Ann Arbor city council candidate forum (video & transcript) – University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, April 13, 2016

Local interfaith groups launch campaign in support of refugees and Muslim communityMichigan Radio, April 2, 2016

Ann Arbor to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus DayMLive, Nov. 17, 2015

City Council officially declares Ann Arbor a compassionate communityMLive, Sept. 9, 2015

Warpehoski retains 5th Ward seat on Ann Arbor City Council MLive, Aug. 5, 2014

Protesters ask new Ann Arbor City Council member to spearhead resolution to 'boycott Israel', Nov. 21, 2012