Washtenaw County Clerk – Register of Deeds

Larry Kestenbaum

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Larry Kestenbaum

Larry Kestenbaum is Washtenaw County's Clerk and Register of Deeds, a position he's held since Jan. 1, 2005. His current term runs through 2016. He also is a long-time maintainer of The Political Graveyard. Kestenbaum was elected to his first four-year term as county clerk in November 2004 after defeating long-time Republican clerk Peggy Haines. He became the first Democrat to hold that office in 72 years. 

Earlier in his political career, Kestenbaum served on the Ingham County board of commissioners (where Lansing and East Lansing are located) for six years. Kestenbaum also ran unsuccessfully for two other offices – State Rep. for District 52 in 1998, and Ann Arbor city council Ward 4 in 1999.

In 2000, he was appointed to represent District 4 on the Washtenaw County board of commissioners for a partial term, then was elected to a full two-year term in November 2000. He did not seek re-election in 2002, after redistricting put him in the same district as fellow incumbent Democrat Leah Gunn. Before becoming county clerk – a full-time position – Kestenbaum worked as a senior archive specialist for University of Michigan's Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research.

Kestenbaum is married to Janice Gutfreund, a psychologist. The couple has a daughter and their family lives on Ann Arbor's southwest side, in the Eberwhite neighborhood.

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Larry Kestenbaum:  In The News

No Contest – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016

Response to Arts Alliance questionnaire (see pages 41-42)

Washtenaw clerk 'ready to go' in event of favorable gay marriage rulingMLive, June 25, 2015

Panel discusses election cycles, term lengths in Ann ArborMichigan Daily, April 14, 2015

Washtenaw County election results software experienced unexplained failures Tuesday nightMLive, Nov. 5, 2014

Clerk grants marriage licenses to 74 gay couples in Washtenaw CountyMLive, March 22, 2014

Kestenbaum Flies Solo in Candidate ForumThe Ann Arbor Chronicle, Oct. 9, 2012

Candidate Profile: Larry Kestenbaum Dexter Patch, July 29, 2012

County clerk Larry Kestenbaum: He's bracing for a record turnoutAnn Arbor Observer, October 2008