Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 4
UPDATE: Incumbent Jack Eaton defeated Jaime Magiera in the Aug. 8 primary. Eaton prevailed with 56.5% of the vote compared to 43.32% for Magiera. Eaton will advance to the Nov. 7 general election. Click here for all election results.
Jaime Magiera is a system administrator at the University of Michigan. He ran for the Ward 4 Ann Arbor city council seat in 2015, but was defeated in the August Democratic primary by incumbent Jack Eaton. This year he'll again face Eaton in the Aug. 8 primary.
In 2016 Magiera ran for one of four nonpartisan seats on the Ann Arbor District Library board, but lost in an eight-way race.
In addition to his job at UM, Magiera founded and operates Sensory Research, which provides programming, multimedia design, web hosting, audio/video reinforcement and photography services. Since 1999 he has hosted a technology-related radio show called "Interactive Technologies" on WCBN 88.3 FM. And in April 2016 he was elected to the board of the Ann Arbor People's Food Co-op, for a term expiring in 2018. He currently serves as the board's vice president. (The election was for members of the co-op.)
A 27-year resident of Ann Arbor, Magiera graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in performing arts technology. He previously worked at Washtenaw Community College, where he helped start WCC's online student radio station. He also has taught computer programming at Eastern Michigan University, and was a partner in David's Books & Media. In the 1980s, Magiera launched a newsletter of socio-political articles, interviews and artwork called "Experience,“ which was published for 16 years.
On his campaign website, Magiera lists a range of issues that he plans to focus on: efficient and effective city services, sustainable development that fosters community, safe streets and sidewalks, efficient and reliable mass transit, clean air and water, a commitment to the environment, affordable and equitable housing, facilitating local businesses and the arts, equality for all members of the community, and improved communication between city hall and residents.
Magiera serves as chief technology officer for the Ann Arbor Democratic Party, as well as co-vice chair for broadcasting and production. He is a member of the Sierra Club and a supporter of Ann Arbor's Ecology Center. He lives in the Lower Burns Park neighborhood on Ann Arbor’s southwest side with his partner, Sammie Anderson, a licensed massage therapist and cranial sacral therapist.
Magiera's campaign treasurer is Sammantha "Sammie" Anderson.
Jaime Magiera: In The News
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: Jaime Magiera (video) – Community Television Network, July 7, 2017
4th Ward council candidates share views on $10M Library Lot deal – MLive, April 20, 2017
Magiera and Eaton up for rematch in 4th Ward Ann Arbor council race – MLive, Feb. 17, 2017
Meet the AADL board candidates – MLive, Nov. 2, 2016
League of Women Voters candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 10, 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
Jaime Magiera endorsed by mayor and allies in 4th Ward council race – MLive, July 17, 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
Video statement – MLive, March 5, 2015