Ann Arbor Mayor
John "Jack" Eaton is a retired attorney and current member of the Ann Arbor City Council, representing Ward 4 for a turn ending in 2020. He is running for mayor in the Aug. 7, 2018 Democratic primary against incumbent Christopher Taylor.
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.
During his tenure on council, Eaton has sponsored or co-sponsored over 60 resolutions and ordinances. Resolutions he has co-sponsored include 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). He voted against the buyback of the former Y lot, against the sale of development rights on the downtown Library Lot, and in support of the city's deer management plan.
He describes some of his priorities on the "Ideas & Achievements" section of his campaign website.
His service on council includes appointments to the Ann Arbor Public Schools Traffic Safety Committee, the city's Cable Communications Commission, Brownfield Plan Review Committee, Recreation Advisory Commission, Council Rules Committee and Audit Committee.
As a lawyer, Eaton represents public sector unions and their members. Most of his clients are 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 attorney Mark Cousens. Eaton was an associate at Cousens' Southfield law firm.
Jack Eaton: In The News
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
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
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
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
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
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