Candidate:
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners District 2

Sue Shink
Democrat



Sue Shink

Sue Shink is an attorney, photographer and former Northfield Township trustee. She prevailed in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary against Tom Brennan and Rodrick Green, winning 66.53% of votes cast. She now faces Republican Kevin Jardine in the Nov. 6 general election for District 2 on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.

That seat is currently held by Democrat Michelle Deatrick. This year she ran for the Michigan Senate in District 18 but lost to Jeff Irwin in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary.

According to the platform posted on her campaign website, Shink’s priorities include delivering county services "efficiently, respectfully and skillfully," making sure that county activities are transparent and accountable to the public, land preservation, water quality and several other issues.

Shink served as Northfield Township trustee from 2004-2008. In 2008, she lost her re-election bid in an eight-way race for four positions, coming in 5th with 11.68% of the votes. She ran again in 2016, losing in another eight-way race for four positions, coming in 5th with 11.66% of the votes.

Shink is chair of the Washtenaw County Agricultural Lands Preservation Advisory Committee (ALPAC). She has also served on the Huron River Watershed Council board, the Northfield Township Land Preservation Committee and the Northfield Township Historical Society board.

She is a member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. According to the WCBA site, her practice focuses on land use and immigration law.

Shink earned three degrees from the University of Michigan: a bachelor's degree in political science, a master's in natural resource planning, and a law degree.

Shink is married to Tom Hatch and has three daughters. The family's Northfield Township farm includes 22 acres donated to the Washtenaw Land Trust (now called the Legacy Land Conservancy) in 2006 via a conservation easement.

Shink's campaign treasurer is Tom Hatch, her husband.

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Sue Shink:  In The News

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (video)Community Television Network, Sept. 26, 2018

Outcomes of Washtenaw County Board Of Commissioner RacesWEMU, Aug. 8, 2018

Soapbox Summer 2018WEMU, July 11, 2018

Mental health funding among issues in Washtenaw county board racesMLive, July 10, 2018

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (video)Community Television Network, July 9, 2018

"We Love Those Trees" The road commission gets a lesson in community engagement Ann Arbor Observer, July 2018

Washtenaw County Road Commission Declines Grant Award Amid Public ProtestThe Sun Times News, March 28, 2018

Relearning the ways of yesterday: Reskilling festival teaches earth-friendly artsAnnArbor.com, Oct. 24, 2009