Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 1

Jeff Hayner

Jeff Hayner

Jeff Hayner owns Saturate Studios, an Ann Arbor design/fabrication shop, as well as The Gum Giant, a gum and graffiti removal business. He faces Independent Ryan Hughes in the Nov. 6 general election. This council seat is for a four-year term. The incumbent, Democrat Sumi Kailasapathy, is not seeking re-election.

Hayner defeated Ron Ginyard in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary, winning 50.99% of votes cast – a margin of 130 votes.

According to his campaign website, Hayner wants to make city government more responsive to residents, more open and transparent, and better at "providing services commensurate with the high price we pay for them." He cites his advocacy for neighborhoods, affordable housing, practical transit options and measured growth.

Hayner served on the board of the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop from 2010-2016. He also has been part of a volunteer anti-graffiti campaign that helped create several stenciled murals in Ann Arbor. He served on the selection committee for the 2018 PowerArt project, which wraps traffic signal boxes in downtown Ann Arbor with artwork by local artists.

In November 2013, he ran as an independent and 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.

In 2016 he ran for the District 9 seat on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners as a write-in candidate but lost in a three-way race to incumbent Democrat Conan Smith. Later that year, he applied to fill a vacancy on the Ann Arbor City Council in Ward 1 when Sabra Briere resigned from that seat. He was one of six applicants but was not appointed by the council.

Hayner has been active in local politics and supported current councilmembers Sumi Kailasapathy (Ward 1) and Jack Eaton (Ward 4), who is running for mayor this 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 serving as his own campaign treasurer.

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Jeff Hayner:  In The News

Central park supporters, critics take sides in Ann Arbor's 1st Ward race MLive, Nov. 3, 2018

Ann Arbor's 'affordability crisis' at center in 1st Ward council raceMLive, Nov. 1, 2018

Ann Arbor City Council Candidate Comments (video)Community Television Network, Oct. 4, 2018

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (video)Community Television Network, Sept. 27, 2018

Hayner defeats Ginyard in 1st Ward Ann Arbor council primaryMLive, Aug. 7, 2018

'Dark money' attacks on Ann Arbor candidates raise concernsMLive, Aug. 5, 2018

Getting to know Ann Arbor City Council candidate Jeff Hayner WDIV, Aug. 4, 2018

Summer of Discontent: The August 7 primary will decide the fate of Mayor Taylor and his council majority Ann Arbor Observer, August 2018

Candidate Survey on the Arts & Creative IndustriesThe Arts Alliance, July 24, 2018

Criticisms fly as 1st Ward Ann Arbor council race heats upMLive, July 23, 2018

Candidate Position Summary Regarding Police OversightTransforming Justice Washtenaw, July 2018

Ann Arbor Primary Election Candidate Survey – Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition, July 2018

Candidate Comment (video)Community Television Network, July 10, 2018

YIMBY Facebook Group Questionnaire – July 2018

New development an issue in Ann Arbor's 1st Ward council raceMLive, June 26, 2018

League of Women Voters Ward 1 Ann Arbor City Council Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, June 25, 2018

Council TriageAnn Arbor Observer, June 2018

Sumi Kailasapathy not seeking re-election to Ann Arbor City CouncilMLive, April 24, 2018

Ann Arbor's dioxane problem will be around 'for decades to come' MLive, Aug. 31, 2017

Candidates vie for Ward 1 City Council vacancyMichigan Daily, Dec. 1, 2016

City Council interviews with 1st Ward candidates now available to watchMLive, Nov. 30, 2016

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

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 buildingMichigan Daily, Aug. 16, 2016

Ann Arbor is fighting graffiti with tree-themed art and getting resultsMLive, May 20, 2016

Ann Arbor DDA providing grant funds for graffiti removal in downtownMLive, March 13, 2015

Jeff Hayner considering another run for 1st Ward seat on Ann Arbor City CouncilMLive, March 10, 2015

Ten Candidates, One Contest: But on it hangs the city's futureAnn Arbor Observer, November 2013

Election 2013: Downtown development a hot topic in Ann Arbor council racesMLive, Oct. 31, 2013

Campaign finance: Briere and Westphal both top $10K, while Lumm raises $20KMLive, Oct. 25, 2013

City Council Candidate Interviews Ward 1: Jeff HaynerDamn Arbor, Nov. 5, 2013