Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 1
Ryan Hughes is a computer programmer with the University of Michigan who's running as an Independent to represent Ward 1 on the Ann Arbor City Council. He faces Democrat Jeff Hayner on Nov. 6. This seat is for a four-year term.
On his campaign website, Hughes explains that he supports the Democratic Party but found out that incumbent Democrat Sumi Kailasapathy wasn't running after the filing deadline for the Aug. 7 primary. He said that's why he's running as an Independent.
He highlights proposals to address affordable housing by instituting a local income tax, create a civilian commission for police oversight, and have the city take responsibility for sidewalk snow removal.
For several years Hughes served on the board of directors of the Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC), a cooperative housing nonprofit in Ann Arbor.
Hughes lives in the Water Hill neighborhood and is serving as his own campaign treasurer.
Ryan Hughes: In The News
Central park supporters, critics take sides in Ann Arbor's 1st Ward race – MLive, Nov. 3, 2018
Ann Arbor's 'affordability crisis' at center in 1st Ward council race – MLive, Nov. 1, 2018
Candidate Info: Ryan Hughes – WEMU, Oct. 29, 2018
Ann Arbor City Council Candidate Comments (video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 4, 2018
League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, Sept. 27, 2018
Ann Arbor City Council candidate says the rent is 'too damn high' – MLive, June 8, 2018