Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners District 2

Michelle Deatrick

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Michelle Deatrick

OUTCOME: Michelle Deatrick was elected Washtenaw County commissioner in District 2, defeating incumbent Dan Smith. Deatrick received 53.08% of the vote compared to 46.51% for Smith. Voter turnout was 73.68%. For more results, check the Washtenaw County elections site.

Michelle Deatrick is a poet, fiction writer, farmer and activist for small farm rights. She was the Special Projects Director-Michigan for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, and is a delegate to the 2016 National Democratic Convention in July. This is her first bid for elected public office.

Her blogs include the Word Garden and the Michigan Small Farmer. She also has a poetry and writing website. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching in Kenya and was co-founder of the Michigan Small Farm Council. She  teaches at the University of Michigan’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 

Deatrick earned an MFA in fiction from UM, and also has degrees from Harvard University and Wesleyan University. She is married to Steve Pryzbylski, a tech consultant, and has two children. The family lives in Superior Township.

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Michelle Deatrick: In The News

What are the top issues facing Washtenaw County? Candidates discuss – MLive, Oct. 5, 2016

League of Women Voters candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 4, 2016

Response to Arts Alliance questionnaire (see pages 23-25)

It's their day: Union members march in solidarityDetroit Free Press, Sept. 7, 2015

New Michigan urban farm policy creates more uncertaintyDetroit News, May 5, 2014

Change in rules for Michigan farm animals creates confusion for some farmers, satisfaction for othersMLive, April 29, 2014

826michigan July Supporters of the Month826michigan, July 2012