Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 1

Will Leaf

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Will Leaf

Will Leaf is co-founder of Neutral Skin and Hair, a company that manufactures a mineral sunscreen and sells it online. In 2015 he ran against and was defeated by incumbent Sabra Briere in the Ward 1 Democratic primary.

Leaf has been publicly visible through his advocacy for city zoning reform, shaping the policy platform for Ann Arbor city council candidates in 2013 who ran under the banner of the Mixed Use Party. He has also advocated for privacy controls on police video surveillance. In October 2015 he was appointed to the city’s housing and human services advisory board.

Leaf grew up in Ann Arbor and is a 2012 graduate of the University of Michigan, with a bachelor's degree in general studies focusing on economics and Russian language. He is not married and lives the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.

Will Leaf: In the News

Three Races, Eight Candidates: Will the Aug. 2 primary change council? – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016

Ann Arbor voters have important City Council races to decide on Aug. 2 – MLive, July 28, 2016

$42K in contributions fuel Ann Arbor council election campaigns – MLive, July 27, 2016

City Council candidates debate transparency, water safety and taxes – Michigan Daily, July 13, 2016

Threat to Ann Arbor's water supply an issue in City Council races – MLive, July 13, 2016

Train station, transparency are dividing issues in Ann Arbor council races – MLive, July 13, 2016

League of Women Voters Ward 1 candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network (CTN), July 12, 2016

1st Ward candidates talk housing affordability, police oversight, climate change – MLive, July 9, 2016

2016 Candidate Comments (video of short speeches by candidates) – Community Television Network (CTN), July 2016. Ward 1 candidates speak during the first 10 minutes.

Response to Arts Alliance questionnaire (see pages 55-57)

Candidates weigh in on cleaning up Ann Arbor's polluted groundwater – MLive, April 14, 2016

2016 Ann Arbor city council candidate forum (video & transcript)University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, April 13, 2016

2 potential contenders emerge in Ann Arbor council races – MLive, Feb. 23, 2016

Sabra Briere defeats Will Leaf in 1st Ward council raceMLive, Aug. 4, 2015

1st Ward candidate Will Leaf calls for more Ann Arbor City Council debate of issues (video)MLive, May 9, 2015

Ann Arbor council candidates weigh in on affordable housing, police shooting, city electionsMLive, April 15, 2015

Students hope to secure seats on Ann Arbor City CouncilMichigan Daily, Nov. 25, 2014

Ten Candidates, One ContestAnn Arbor Observer, November 2013