Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 3

Zach Ackerman

Zach Ackerman

UPDATE: Zach Ackerman, who was unopposed in the Nov. 7, 2017 general election, received 91.81% of the votes. (Other votes were write-ins.) Turnout in Ward 3 was 15.58%. Click here for detailed results of the Ward 3 election

Zach Ackerman works for Denison Consulting, an Ann Arbor-based management consulting firm, and serves as a Ward 3 representative on the Ann Arbor City Council. He is unopposed on Nov. 7. Ackerman defeated Steve Kunselman in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary, winning 53.73% of the vote.

Ackerman was first elected to council in November 2015 while still a student at the University of Michigan. He defeated then-incumbent Kunselman in the 2015 Democratic primary, then ran unopposed in the 2015 general election.

Via his role on council, Ackerman serves on the Ann Arbor Planning Commission, the Housing and Human Services Advisory Board and the Audit Committee. He also is the council's liaison to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). He has sponsored or co-sponsored more then two dozen resolutions and ordinances. Those include an ordinance change to allow schools to keep chickens on their property (passed) and an ordinance to dissolve the city's Taxicab Board and create a new Transportation Commission (passed).

Ackerman voted in favor of the sale of development rights on the downtown Library Lot and in support of the city's deer management plan.

He worked on Christopher Taylor's successful 2014 mayoral campaign, as well as Congressional campaigns for Debbie Dingell and Pam Byrnes. Ackerman also previously worked for Nutshell, a local tech start-up, and STAND, a DC- and London-based human rights organization.

He lives near Pattengill Elementary School in south-central Ann Arbor. His campaign treasurer is Brad O’Furey, who has worked on campaigns for mayor Christopher Taylor, former city councilmember Sabra Briere and others. In 2016, Taylor appointed O’Furey as an LGBTQ liaison to the mayor's office, a new volunteer position.

Zach Ackerman:  In The News

City Council candidates look to Tuesday's general electionMichigan Daily, Nov. 1, 2017

Ackerman defeats Kunselman to win 3rd Ward Ann Arbor council raceMLive, Aug. 8, 2017

Ann Arbor City Council incumbents face slate of anti-high-rise challengersMichigan Radio, Aug. 7, 2017

City Council elections to take place Tuesday (Roundup of races) – Michigan Daily, Aug. 7, 2017

What should Ann Arbor be doing to fight climate change?MLive, Aug. 7, 2017

Campaign finance reports show political alliances in Ann Arbor racesMLive, Aug. 1, 2017

Ann Arbor's gentrification becomes a City Council election issueMLive, July 28, 2017

Ann Arbor council candidates greeted by protesters at Dems forumMLive, July 26, 2017

3rd Ward Ann Arbor council candidates weigh in on city issues, taxesMLive, July 11, 2017

League of Women Voters Ward 3 Candidate ForumCommunity Television Network, July 10, 2017

Candidate Comment: Zach Ackerman (video)Community Television Network, July 7, 2017

Ann Arbor expands chicken ordinance to allow raising hens at schools MLive, May 15, 2017

Ann Arbor and Detroit community members advocate for increased public transportationMichigan Daily, May 12, 2017

Ann Arbor City Councilmember and U alum announces re-election plansMichigan Daily, Feb. 16, 2017

The dog days of Ann Arbor's final odd-year election cycleMLive, Feb. 16, 2017

Ackerman calls for stepping up Ann Arbor's affordable housing effortsMLive, Feb. 8, 2017

Zachary Ackerman talks about what's next for the City Council (video)MLive, Nov. 3, 2015

Zachary Ackerman: Only 12 of you know who I amMichigan Daily, Sept. 23, 2015

Zachary Ackerman is first U-M student to win Ann Arbor City Council race in 23 yearsMLive, Aug. 16, 2015

Q&A with Ann Arbor City Council Primary Winner Zachary AckermanAnn Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation website, Aug. 12, 2015

Stephen Kunselman faces Zachary Ackerman in final City Council runMLive, July 29, 2015

Ann Arbor Democratic Party candidate forum – June 13, 2015 video posted on YouTube