Candidate:
Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 1

Jeff Hayner
Democrat


Campaign website

Twitter: @jeffreyhayner

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Email: jeffhayner@firstforjeff.org

Link to campaign finance info


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 Ron Ginyard in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary for Ward 1. This council seat is for a four-year term. The incumbent, Democrat Sumi Kailasapathy, is not seeking re-election.

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.

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

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