Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners District 9
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OUTCOME: Conan Smith was elected Washtenaw County commissioner in District 9, defeating write-in candidates Jen Eyer and Jeff Hayner. Smith received 90.56% of the votes, with voter turnout at 65.53%. For more results, check the Washtenaw County elections site.
Jeff Hayner owns Saturate Studios, an Ann Arbor design/fabrication shop, as well as The Gum Giant, a gum and graffiti removal business. He is a community activist and in 2013 ran as an independent candidate for Ward 1 Ann Arbor city council.
Hayner serves on the board of the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop. He also has been part of a volunteer anti-graffiti campaign that helped create several stenciled murals in Ann Arbor. In November 2013, he came in second in a three-way race for Ann Arbor city council's Ward 1 seat, losing to incumbent Democrat Sabra Briere with nearly 32% of votes cast. He pulled petitions again in 2015 – the first step in the process of becoming a candidate – but didn't end up filing to run that year.
Hayner received a BFA in industrial design from the University of Michigan. He is married to Lea Abbott. They have two school-age children and live on Ann Arbor's north side.
Hayner is an official write-in candidate for the District 9 seat, but his name will not appear on the ballot. The only candidate on the ballot is Conan Smith, who resigned as county commissioner effective Aug. 20, 2016 so that he could apply for a job with the county.
Jeff Hayner: In The News
County Commissioner returns to re-election campaign after resignation – Michigan Daily, Oct. 31, 2016
Who will represent Ann Arbor's west side on the county board in 2017? – MLive, Oct. 11, 2016
League of Women Voters candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 10, 2016
City Council makes quick decision on new student apartment building – Michigan Daily, Aug. 16, 2016
Ann Arbor is fighting graffiti with tree-themed art and getting results – MLive, May 20, 2016
Ann Arbor DDA providing grant funds for graffiti removal in downtown – MLive, March 13, 2015
Jeff Hayner considering another run for 1st Ward seat on Ann Arbor City Council – MLive, March 10, 2015
Election 2013: Downtown development a hot topic in Ann Arbor council races – MLive, Oct. 31, 2013
Campaign finance: Briere and Westphal both top $10K, while Lumm raises $20K – MLive, Oct. 25, 2013
City Council Candidate Interviews Ward 1: Jeff Hayner – Damn Arbor, Nov. 5, 2013