Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 1

Jason Frenzel

Jason Frenzel

UPDATE: Incumbent Jason Frenzel lost the Aug. 8 primary to Anne Bannister. She prevailed with 53.15% of the vote compared to 46.68% for Frenzel. Bannister will advance to the Nov. 7 general election.

Jason Frenzel is Volunteer and Stewardship Coordinator for the nonprofit Huron River Watershed Council and a current Ward 1 representative on Ann Arbor City Council. He was appointed to that position by the council in December 2016, to fill a vacancy following the resignation of Sabra Briere. In 2016 he ran for a Ward 1 seat but lost that three-way Democratic primary race to incumbent Sumi Kailasapathy, coming in second. This year, he faces Anne Bannister in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary.

Prior to 2011, Frenzel worked for the city of Ann Arbor’s Natural Areas Preservation Program as its Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. 

Since January 2015, Frenzel has served on the Ann Arbor Environmental Commission, an advisory group to city council. Since December 2016, in his role as councilmember, he has served on several city advisory groups, including the Audit Committee, the Energy Commission, the Community Events Funds Committee, the Brownfield Plan Review Committee and the Medical Marijuana Ordinance Review Committee.

He has sponsored or co-sponsored over a dozen resolutions, including a resolution to establish preserve areas with the city park system (passed) and a resolution supporting an interim operations agreement with Recycle Ann Arbor for the city's Material Recovery Facility (passed). He supported the sale of development rights on the downtown Library Lot. He voted in favor of eliminating funding for the city's deer management plan in the 2017-18 city budget, and to shift those funds to climate action and pedestrian safety programs. That proposal failed.

Active in the local food sector, Frenzel has helped organize the annual Local Food Summit and HomeGrown Festival. Nationally, he serves on the board of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (ALIVE).

Frenzel is a graduate of Michigan State University. He is the stepson of Sandi Smith, a former Ann Arbor City Council member representing Ward 1 from 2008 to 2012. He lives near Beckley Park in Ward 1.

Frenzel's campaign treasurer is Megan Goldenberg, a principal at New Growth Associates and co-owner of the Macon Creek Malt House.

Jason Frenzel:  In The News

Bannister defeats Frenzel to win 1st Ward Ann Arbor council raceMLive, 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

1st Ward Ann Arbor council candidates divided on Library Lot development MLive, July 11, 2017

League of Women Voters Ward 1 Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, July 10, 2017

Candidate Comment: Jason Frenzel (video) – Community Television Network, July 7, 2017

Substitute City Council member Jason Frenzel for Ward 1 seeks electionMichigan Daily, July 6, 2017

Ann Arbor council votes 8-3 on how it'd use millions in new tax moneyMLive, July 4, 2017

Jason Frenzel appointed to represent 1st Ward on Ann Arbor councilMLive, Dec. 6, 2016

Frenzel fills City Council vacancy following Briere's resignationMichigan Daily, Dec. 6, 2016

Video of Frenzel's interview with city council to fill the Ward 1 seat (his interview begins at the 34:45 mark) – Community Television Network, Nov. 28, 2016

Meet the 6 people vying for an open City Council seat in Ann ArborMLive, Nov. 28, 2016

Kailasapathy wins Ward 1 city council primary in close raceMichigan Daily, Aug. 2, 2016

Three Races, Eight Candidates: Will the Aug. 2 primary change council?Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016

Ann Arbor voters have important City Council races to decide on Aug. 2 – MLive, July 28, 2016

$42K in contributions fuel Ann Arbor council election campaignsMLive, July 27, 2016

Soapbox Summer (audio and transcript) – WEMU, July 19, 2016

City Council candidates debate transparency, water safety and taxes Michigan Daily, July 13, 2016

Threat to Ann Arbor's water supply an issue in City Council racesMLive, July 13, 2016

Train station, transparency are dividing issues in Ann Arbor council races – MLive, July 13, 2016

League of Women Voters Ward 1 candidate forum (video)Community Television Network (CTN), July 12, 2016

1st Ward candidates talk housing affordability, police oversight, climate changeMLive, July 9, 2016

2016 Candidate Comments (video of short speeches by candidates) – Community Television Network (CTN), July 2016. Ward 1 candidates speak during the first 10 minutes.

Response to Arts Alliance questionnaire (see pages 26-28)

Candidates weigh in on cleaning up Ann Arbor's polluted groundwater – MLive, April 14, 2016

2016 Ann Arbor city council candidate forum (video & transcript) – University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, April 13, 2016

Jason Frenzel announces campaign for 1st Ward council seatMLive, March 11, 2016

Grant will help Huron River Watershed Council take classroom learning outdoorsWEMU, Oct. 2, 2014

Community High School students help rid Ann Arbor-area parks of invasive plant species (column) –, Oct. 11, 2010

Mastermind: Jason FrenzelConcentrate, June 9, 2010