Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 5

David Silkworth

David Silkworth

UPDATE: Incumbent Chip Smith defeated David Silkworth in the Aug. 8 primary. Smith prevailed with 52.52% of the vote compared to 47.16% for Silkworth. Smith will advance to the Nov. 7 general election. Click here for all election results.

David Silkworth is a claims representative for an insurance company, working with homeowners and businesses. In 2016 he ran for a Ward 5 seat as an independent, but lost to incumbent Democrat Chuck Warpehoski. This year he is running in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary against incumbent Chip Smith.

Silkworth has advocated for council to be more responsive to residents' concerns, to be more transparent and fiscally responsible, and to better promote broad public engagement and participation in the process. He supports pedestrian safety infrastructure improvements and opposed the sale of development rights on the city's Library Lot.

Silkworth also is a strong critic of the lethal component to the city's deer management plan, arguing against a deer cull and accusing some councilmembers of unethical activities. However, speaking during public commentary at the May 15, 2017 council meeting, he opposed a proposed amendment to the 2017-2018 city budget that would have shifted $260,000 in funds from the deer management plan to support pedestrian safety improvements and the city's climate action budget.

Noting that he had proposed doing just that in public commentary in early 2016, Silkworth called the amendment "nothing more than a disingenuous and irresponsible political maneuver intended to endear its sponsors to both anti-cull activists, ardent cyclists and anyone concerned about pedestrian safety issues." Chip Smith was one of the amendment's co-sponsors, along with mayor Christopher Taylor and Jason Frenzel (Ward 1), who is also a candidate in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary. [The amendment was defeated by a 3-8 vote.]

Silkworth received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1998, and served in the U.S. Navy and the Navy Reserve. He lives on Ann Arbor's west side.

Silkworth's campaign treasurer is Tanya Ridella-Mehlos.

David Silkworth:  In The News

Chip Smith wins 5th Ward Ann Arbor council primaryMLive, Aug. 8, 2017

Ann Arbor City Council incumbents face slate of anti-high-rise challengersMichigan Radio, Aug. 7, 2017

City Council elections to take place Tuesday (Roundup of races) – Michigan Daily, Aug. 7, 2017

What should Ann Arbor be doing to fight climate change?MLive, Aug. 7, 2017

Campaign finance reports show political alliances in Ann Arbor racesMLive, Aug. 1, 2017

Ann Arbor's gentrification becomes a City Council election issueMLive, July 28, 2017

Ann Arbor council candidates greeted by protesters at Dems forumMLive, July 26, 2017

League of Women Voters Ward 5 Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, July 13, 2017

Candidate Comment: David Silkworth (video) – Community Television Network, July 7, 2017

Ann Arbor council votes 8-3 on how it'd use millions in new tax moneyMLive, July 4, 2017

Public commentary at Ann Arbor City Council (Silkworth's commentary starts at the 00:07:15 mark) – Community Television Network video, May 15, 2017

City votes to keep deer cull in the budgetMichigan Daily, May 15, 2017

Silkworth to challenge Smith for 5th Ward Ann Arbor council seatMLive, March 7, 2017

Chuck Warpehoski wins 5th Ward race for Ann Arbor City CouncilMLive, Nov. 8, 2016

Development is top issue in Ward 5 City Council race – Michigan Daily, Oct. 27, 2016

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

Ann Arbor council candidates disagree on big issues facing cityMLive, Sept. 28, 2016

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

Public commentary at Ann Arbor City Council (Silkworth's commentary starts at the 00:20:00 mark) – Community Television Network video, May 2, 2016

"I Love the Deer”: Rebuked in court, animal-right activists turn to politics to fight the cullAnn Arbor Observer, April 2016

Council member's emails about deer cull scrutinized by criticsMLive, April 5, 2016

Public commentary at Ann Arbor city council (Silkworth's commentary starts at the 00:24:47 mark) – Community Television Network video, April 4, 2016