Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 4

Jack Eaton

Jack Eaton

UPDATE: Incumbent Jack Eaton defeated Diane Giannola on Nov. 7, 2017. Eaton received 72.6% of votes, compared to 26.73% for Giannola. Turnout in Ward 4 was 17.43%. Click here for detailed results of the Ward 4 election.

John "Jack" Eaton is an attorney and current member of the Ann Arbor City Council, representing Ward 4. On Nov. 7 he faces Diane Giannola, who is running as an independent. He defeated Jaime Magiera in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary, winning 56.5% of the vote.

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.

During his tenure on council, Eaton has sponsored or co-sponsored nearly 50 resolutions and ordinances. This year, the 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 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 is an associate at Cousens' Southfield law firm.

Jack Eaton:  In The News

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

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

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

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

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