Ann Arbor Mayor

Jack Eaton

Jack Eaton

Christopher Taylor defeated Jack Eaton on Aug. 7, winning 58.84% of votes cast. Taylor faces no opposition on the Nov. 6 ballot. Click here for full local election results.

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.

Click here for a description of the mayor and city councilmember jobs, as well as links to other council candidate profiles.

Jack Eaton:  In The News

'Dark money' attacks on Ann Arbor candidates raise concernsMLive, Aug. 5, 2018

Getting to know Ann Arbor mayoral candidate Jack EatonWDIV, Aug. 4, 2018

Potholes and Potshots: The city's cratered streets have become a political battlegroundAnn Arbor Observer, August 2018

Summer of Discontent: The August 7 primary will decide the fate of Mayor Taylor and his council majority Ann Arbor Observer, August 2018

Eaton welcomes Republican support in Ann Arbor mayoral race – MLive, July 31, 2018

Nearly $120K in donations fuel Ann Arbor mayoral campaignsMLive, July 30, 2018

Candidate Survey on the Arts & Creative IndustriesThe Arts Alliance, July 24, 2018

How Ann Arbor mayoral candidates voted on key issues, developmentsMLive, July 20, 2018

Candidate Position Summary Regarding Police OversightTransforming Justice Washtenaw, July 2018

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidate Forum (video) Orchard Hills-Maplewood Homeowners Association, July 15, 2018

Candidate Comment (video)Community Television Network, July 10, 2018

Disputed changes to Ann Arbor ballot proposal headed to state AGMLive, July 3, 2018

City Council will see increased legal costs regarding dioxane plumeMichigan Daily, June 27, 2018

Ann Arbor mayoral candidates divided on how to lead cityMLive, 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 waterMLive, 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 pickupMLive, 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 DahlmannMLive, 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 moneyMLive, May 2, 2018

Mayoral PreviewAnn Arbor Observer, April 2018

Ann Arbor mayoral candidates differ on key issues facing cityMLive, 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 futureMLive, April 3, 2018

Councilmember Jack Eaton to challenge Mayor Taylor in 2018 Democratic PrimaryMichigan Daily, March 16, 2018

Councilman Eaton announces run for Ann Arbor MayorWDIV All About Ann Arbor, March 16, 2018

Eaton to challenge Taylor for Ann Arbor mayor's seat in 2018MLIve, March 15, 2018

Ann Arbor council votes 8-3 to approve raise for city administratorMLive, March 13, 2018

Vote for City Council (endorsement editorial)Michigan Daily, Nov. 5, 2017

City Council candidates look to Tuesday's general electionMichigan Daily, Nov. 1, 2017

Tens of thousands of dollars raised, spent in Ann Arbor council racesMLive, 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 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

Ann Arbor Primary Candidate Profile: Jack Eaton, Ward 4We Love Ann Arbor, Aug. 4, 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 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 moneyMLive, July 4, 2017

Ann Arbor budget debate pits deer cull against pedestrian safetyMLive, May 16, 2017

City Council's new budget does not fund hiring of additional police officersMichigan Daily, May 16, 2017

4th Ward council candidates share views on $10M Library Lot dealMLive, April 20, 2017

Michigan’s first ‘sanctuary city’ sparks anger, praiseDetroit 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 OrdinanceWEMU, Feb. 22, 2017

 Magiera and Eaton up for rematch in 4th Ward Ann Arbor council raceMLive, Feb. 17, 2017

The dog days of Ann Arbor's final odd-year election cycleMLive, 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 raceMLive, Aug. 4, 2015

Who'll Control Council? Factions face off on August 4Ann Arbor Observer, August 2015

Eaton's BridgeAnn Arbor Observer, July 2015

Who runs Ann Arbor? Some council members call for reformConcentrate, 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 wardThe 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 historyAnn Arbor Observer, February 2014

20-pound carp no match for Jack Eaton in Ann Arbor's 4th WardMLive, Nov. 5, 2013

Jack Eaton announces campaign for Ann Arbor City Council in 4th, March 30, 2012

Taking on the Council Party: Three city council challengesAnn Arbor Observer, July 2010