Candidate:
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners District 9

Conan Smith
Democrat


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Email: conanmichaelsmith@gmail.com

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Conan Smith

Conan Smith is running for his eighth consecutive term on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. He faces Katie Scott in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. The winner will compete against Republican Stuart Berry in the Nov. 6 general election.

Smith is a part-time lecturer at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy and a partner with Adaptive Strategies, an Ann Arbor consulting firm. He was the former executive director of Metro Matters/Michigan Suburbs Alliance, a nonprofit based in Ferndale. That organization is now defunct.

Smith was elected to his first two-year term on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in November 2004, and has been re-elected every two years since then. He resigned as commissioner effective Aug. 20, 2016 because of a conflict related to a job he was seeking at the county. He later withdrew his application for that job and ran for re-election, defeating write-in candidates Jen Eyer and Jeff Hayner.

Smith has served on a variety of entities in his capacity as county commissioner, including Ann Arbor SPARK and the Washtenaw County parks and recreation commission. He was founding board president of Michigan Saves, a statewide nonprofit established by the Michigan Public Service Commission to finance energy efficiency projects. Prior to joining the Michigan Suburbs Alliance in 2004, Smith worked for six years with the Michigan Environmental Council as a program director.

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in creative writing and literature from the University of Michigan's Residential College. He is the grandson of Al Wheeler, Ann Arbor's first black mayor, and the son of Alma Wheeler Smith, a former county commissioner and former state legislator. Until 2017 he was married to Rebekah Warren, who is running for the Michigan House of Representatives in District 55. He lives on Ann Arbor's Old West Side.

Rebekah Warren is serving as Smith's campaign treasurer.

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Conan Smith:  In The News

County Commissioner returns to re-election campaign after resignationMichigan Daily, Oct. 31, 2016

Conan Smith drops out of running for county job amid messy controversyMLive, Oct. 13, 2016

Who will represent Ann Arbor's west side on the county board in 2017? – MLive, Oct. 11, 2016

League of Women Voters candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 10, 2016

Drowning in a shallow candidate pool The Ann, Oct. 10, 2016

Uncertainty follows the resignation of county commissionerMichigan Daily, Aug. 19, 2016

No Contest – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016

Snowflake Wanted: After a first search founders, the county is once again looking for an administrator – Ann Arbor Observer, July 2016

Proposed legislation would cap public transit millageDetroit Free Press, March 27, 2016

Smith Says Commissioners Are Divided On Hiring A New County AdministratorWEMU, March 17, 2016

Harsh words exchanged as Washtenaw County Board approves CVB mergerMLive, Oct. 8, 2015

Conan Smith not running for Ann Arbor mayor, will seek re-election to county boardMLive, March 23, 2014

Conan Smith: Why Ann Arbor doesn't see itself as part of Metro Detroit - and why it shouldAnnArbor.com, May 30, 2012

Guest blogger – Concentrate, March 2007