Ann Arbor Mayor
Jack Eaton is a retired attorney and current member of the Ann Arbor City Council, representing Ward 4 for a term ending in 2020. He is running for mayor in the Aug. 7, 2018 Democratic primary against incumbent Christopher Taylor. For the first time, the candidate elected mayor this year will serve a four-year term.
On his campaign website, Eaton describes his core values and outlines his support for creating an independent police review board, addressing the Pall-Gelman 1,4-dioxane plume and a "broken" recycling program, and balancing neighborhood character and development, among other issues.
During his tenure on council, Eaton has sponsored or co-sponsored over 60 resolutions and ordinances. Resolutions he has co-sponsored include creating a task force for a community policing commission (passed), reaffirming the council's stance on immigration enforcement (passed) and installing a flashing light on Fuller Road at the crosswalk near Huron High School and the Gallup Park entrance (passed). A resolution he sponsored to reject salary increases for mayor and council was defeated.
He initially voted against the city buying back the former Y lot, then later supported the repurchase from developer Dennis Dahlmann. He was against the sale of development rights on the downtown Library Lot, and in support of the city's deer management plan.
More recently, he voted against an increase in city water and sewer fees – a proposal that passed on a 7-4 vote.
Eaton's service on council currently includes appointments to the Ann Arbor Energy Commission, Cable Communications Commission, Brownfield Plan Review Committee, Recreation Advisory Commission, Council Rules Committee, Audit Committee and Budget & Labor Committee.
Eaton first took office in November 2013 for a two-year term, after defeating incumbent Marcia Higgins in the Democratic primary. (He had previously run unsuccessful campaigns against Ward 4 incumbent Margie Teall in 2010 and 2012.) He was re-elected in 2015 and 2017.
As a lawyer, Eaton represented public sector unions and their members. Most of his clients were transit employee unions. Before moving to Ann Arbor in 1985, he was a bus driver in Kalamazoo and served as president of the transit union local.
Eaton became politically active in Ann Arbor through his neighborhood activism. He is a past president of the Friends of Dicken Woods, is active in the South Maple Group and was a co-founder of the A2 Neighborhood Alliance (formerly Alliance of Neighborhoods).
Eaton graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in political science and later earned a law degree from the Wayne State University Law School. He is married to Cecile "Bitsy" Lamb and they live in the Dicken Woods neighborhood. The couple has two children.
Eaton's campaign treasurer is Vivienne Armentrout, a former Washtenaw County commissioner.
Jack Eaton: In The News
Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidate Forum (video) – Orchard Hills-Maplewood Homeowners Association, July 15, 2018
Disputed changes to Ann Arbor ballot proposal headed to state AG – MLive, July 3, 2018
City Council will see increased legal costs regarding dioxane plume – 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
Council votes 7-4 to make Ann Arbor homes pay more for water – MLive, June 18, 2018
Council Triage – Ann Arbor Observer, June 2018
Ann Arbor's new $100K public artwork features gray metal 'leaves' – MLive, May 31, 2018
Ann Arbor council shuts down talks of privatizing trash pickup – MLive, 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
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
Councilman Eaton announces run for Ann Arbor Mayor – WDIV All About Ann Arbor, March 16, 2018
Eaton to challenge Taylor for Ann Arbor mayor's seat in 2018 – MLIve, March 15, 2018
Ann Arbor council votes 8-3 to approve raise for city administrator – MLive, March 13, 2018
Vote for City Council (endorsement editorial) – Michigan Daily, Nov. 5, 2017
City Council candidates look to Tuesday's general election – Michigan Daily, Nov. 1, 2017
Tens of thousands of dollars raised, spent in Ann Arbor council races – MLive, Oct. 30, 2017
Ann Arbor's Ward 4 candidates discuss affordability, other city issues – MLive, Oct. 10, 2017
Candidate Comment (video) Ward 4 starts at the 6:57-minute mark – Community Television Network, Oct. 6, 2017
Ward 4 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (Video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 5, 2017
Eaton defeats Magiera in 4th Ward Ann Arbor council primary – MLive, Aug. 8, 2017
Ann Arbor City Council incumbents face slate of anti-high-rise challengers – Michigan 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
Ann Arbor Primary Candidate Profile: Jack Eaton, Ward 4 – We Love Ann Arbor, Aug. 4, 2017
Campaign finance reports show political alliances in Ann Arbor races – MLive, Aug. 1, 2017
Ann Arbor's gentrification becomes a City Council election issue – MLive, July 28, 2017
Ann Arbor council candidates greeted by protesters at Dems forum – MLive, July 26, 2017
League of Women Voters Ward 4 Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, July 13, 2017
Candidate Comment: Jack Eaton (video) – Community Television Network, July 7, 2017
Ann Arbor council votes 8-3 on how it'd use millions in new tax money – MLive, July 4, 2017
Ann Arbor budget debate pits deer cull against pedestrian safety – MLive, May 16, 2017
City Council's new budget does not fund hiring of additional police officers – Michigan Daily, May 16, 2017
4th Ward council candidates share views on $10M Library Lot deal – MLive, April 20, 2017
Michigan’s first ‘sanctuary city’ sparks anger, praise – Detroit News, April 5, 2017
Ann Arbor City Council Member Jack Eaton speaks at Hash Bash (video) – MLive, April 2, 2017
Ann Arbor Postpones Vote On Immigration Ordinance – WEMU, Feb. 22, 2017
Magiera and Eaton up for rematch in 4th Ward Ann Arbor council race – MLive, Feb. 17, 2017
The dog days of Ann Arbor's final odd-year election cycle – MLive, Feb. 16, 2017
City council mulls question: Should Ann Arbor's contaminated water be a Superfund site? – Michigan Radio, March 22, 2016
Jack Eaton defeats Jaime Magiera in 4th Ward council race – MLive, Aug. 4, 2015
Who'll Control Council? Factions face off on August 4 – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2015
Eaton's Bridge – Ann Arbor Observer, July 2015
Who runs Ann Arbor? Some council members call for reform – Concentrate, July 29, 2015
Ann Arbor Democratic Party candidate forum – June 13, 2015 video posted on YouTube
Ann Arbor council candidates divided on ReImagine Washtenaw vision – MLive, May 9, 2015
What should Ann Arbor do to avoid traffic gridlock? Council candidates weigh in – MLive, April 18, 2015
Ann Arbor council candidates weigh in on affordable housing, police shooting, city elections – MLive, April 15, 2015
Ann Arbor City Council Candidates Debate (video) – UM Ford School of Public Policy, April 15, 2015
Incumbent to face challenger in fourth ward – The Michigan Daily, April 6, 2015
Council hopefuls unveil goals – The Michigan Daily, March 10, 2015
A $250,000 Election? This year's city council race is shaping up as the most expensive in history – Ann Arbor Observer, February 2014
20-pound carp no match for Jack Eaton in Ann Arbor's 4th Ward – MLive, Nov. 5, 2013
Jack Eaton announces campaign for Ann Arbor City Council in 4th Ward – AnnArbor.com, March 30, 2012
Taking on the Council Party: Three city council challenges – Ann Arbor Observer, July 2010