Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 1
Jeff Hayner defeated Ron Ginyard on Aug. 7, winning 50.99% of votes cast – a margin of 130 votes. He faces Independent Ryan Hughes on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Click here for full election results.
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.
Jeff Hayner: In The News
'Dark money' attacks on Ann Arbor candidates raise concerns – MLive, 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 Industries – The Arts Alliance, July 24, 2018
Criticisms fly as 1st Ward Ann Arbor council race heats up – MLive, July 23, 2018
Candidate Position Summary Regarding Police Oversight – Transforming 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 race – MLive, June 26, 2018
League of Women Voters Ward 1 Ann Arbor City Council Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, June 25, 2018
Council Triage – Ann Arbor Observer, June 2018
Sumi Kailasapathy not seeking re-election to Ann Arbor City Council – MLive, 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 vacancy – Michigan Daily, Dec. 1, 2016
City Council interviews with 1st Ward candidates now available to watch – MLive, Nov. 30, 2016
Meet the 6 people vying for an open City Council seat in Ann Arbor – MLive, 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 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
Ten Candidates, One Contest: But on it hangs the city's future – Ann Arbor Observer, November 2013
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