Washtenaw County Clerk – Register of Deeds
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.
Larry Kestenbaum: In The News
No Contest – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016
Washtenaw clerk 'ready to go' in event of favorable gay marriage ruling – MLive, June 25, 2015
Panel discusses election cycles, term lengths in Ann Arbor – Michigan Daily, April 14, 2015
Clerk grants marriage licenses to 74 gay couples in Washtenaw County – MLive, March 22, 2014
Kestenbaum Flies Solo in Candidate Forum – The 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 turnout – Ann Arbor Observer, October 2008