Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners District 9
OUTCOME: Conan Smith was elected Washtenaw County commissioner in District 9, defeating write-in candidates Jen Eyer and Jeff Hayner. Smith received 90.56% of the votes, with voter turnout at 65.53%. For more results, check the Washtenaw County elections site.
Conan Smith is the former executive director of Metro Matters (formerly Michigan Suburbs Alliance), a nonprofit based in Ferndale. He was first elected to the Washtenaw County board of commissioners in November 2004. He resigned as commissioner effective Aug. 20, 2016 – but his name will still appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. The deadline to file as an official write-in candidate is Oct. 28, but those names won't appear on the ballot.
Smith served on a variety of entities in his capacity as county commissioner, including Ann Arbor SPARK and the Washtenaw County parks and recreation commission. Smith 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. He’s married to Rebekah Warren, a Michigan state senator representing District 18. He lives on Ann Arbor's Old West Side.
Conan Smith: In The News
County Commissioner returns to re-election campaign after resignation – Michigan Daily, Oct. 31, 2016
Conan Smith drops out of running for county job amid messy controversy – MLive, 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
Uncertainty follows the resignation of county commissioner – Michigan 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 millage – Detroit Free Press, March 27, 2016
Smith Says Commissioners Are Divided On Hiring A New County Administrator – WEMU, March 17, 2016
Harsh words exchanged as Washtenaw County Board approves CVB merger – MLive, Oct. 8, 2015
Conan Smith not running for Ann Arbor mayor, will seek re-election to county board – MLive, March 23, 2014
Conan Smith: Why Ann Arbor doesn't see itself as part of Metro Detroit - and why it should – AnnArbor.com, May 30, 2012
Guest blogger – Concentrate, March 2007