Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 3
UPDATE: Incumbent Zach Ackerman defeated incumbent Steve Kunselman in the Aug. 8 primary. Ackerman prevailed with 53.73% of the vote compared to 45.98% for Kunselman. Ackerman will advance to the Nov. 7 general election. Click here for all election results.
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 faces Steve Kunselman in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary.
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
Ackerman defeats Kunselman to win 3rd Ward Ann Arbor council race – MLive, Aug. 8, 2017
Ann Arbor City Council incumbents face slate of anti-high-rise challengers – Michigan 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 races – MLive, Aug. 1, 2017
Ann Arbor's gentrification becomes a City Council election issue – MLive, July 28, 2017
Ann Arbor council candidates greeted by protesters at Dems forum – MLive, July 26, 2017
3rd Ward Ann Arbor council candidates weigh in on city issues, taxes – MLive, July 11, 2017
League of Women Voters Ward 3 Candidate Forum – Community 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 transportation – Michigan Daily, May 12, 2017
Ann Arbor City Councilmember and U alum announces re-election plans – Michigan Daily, Feb. 16, 2017
The dog days of Ann Arbor's final odd-year election cycle – MLive, Feb. 16, 2017
Ackerman calls for stepping up Ann Arbor's affordable housing efforts – MLive, 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 am – Michigan Daily, Sept. 23, 2015
Zachary Ackerman is first U-M student to win Ann Arbor City Council race in 23 years – MLive, Aug. 16, 2015
Q&A with Ann Arbor City Council Primary Winner Zachary Ackerman – Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation website, Aug. 12, 2015
Stephen Kunselman faces Zachary Ackerman in final City Council run – MLive, July 29, 2015
Ann Arbor Democratic Party candidate forum – June 13, 2015 video posted on YouTube