Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 1
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.
Jason Frenzel: In The News
Bannister defeats Frenzel to win 1st Ward Ann Arbor council race – 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
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 election – Michigan Daily, July 6, 2017
Ann Arbor council votes 8-3 on how it'd use millions in new tax money – MLive, July 4, 2017
Jason Frenzel appointed to represent 1st Ward on Ann Arbor council – MLive, Dec. 6, 2016
Frenzel fills City Council vacancy following Briere's resignation – Michigan 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 Arbor – MLive, Nov. 28, 2016
Kailasapathy wins Ward 1 city council primary in close race – Michigan 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 campaigns – MLive, 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 races – MLive, 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 change – MLive, 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.
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 seat – MLive, March 11, 2016
Grant will help Huron River Watershed Council take classroom learning outdoors – WEMU, Oct. 2, 2014
Community High School students help rid Ann Arbor-area parks of invasive plant species (column) – AnnArbor.com, Oct. 11, 2010
Mastermind: Jason Frenzel – Concentrate, June 9, 2010