News & Info from The CivCity Initiative
It's relatively rare for elected officials to resign mid-term, but our community currently has two vacancies: On the Ann Arbor city council and the Ann Arbor Public Schools board.
In both cases, those public bodies will be appointing replacements to fill the remainder of the terms. And deadlines for applying are coming up!
The deadline to apply for the Ward 1 city council seat
is 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Click here for details on that process
. The seat is held by Sabra Briere, who intends to resign on Dec. 5 and move to California to be near family.
For the AAPS trustee seat
, the deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. Click here for details about how to apply
. That seat is vacant following the resignation of Donna Lasinski, who was elected to the state House of Representatives (District 52) on Nov. 8.
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ICYMI: Local Election Results
The Nov. 8 election included a slew of local, regional and state races as well as several ballot proposals. Below are some highlights. Check the Washtenaw County elections website for results
. (For regional, state and federal races, remember that these results reflect only Washtenaw County's voting.)
Elijah & Josh Kay show civic spirit at the Slauson polls on Nov. 8.
County tax proposals
: Voters approved countywide taxes for road construction and for support of services for veterans
Four-year term proposal for Ann Arbor council
: Approved by voters
Regional transit tax
: Failed to pass
. (Though 56% of Washtenaw County voters approved this proposal, it didn't secure a majority of votes throughout the 4-county region
Most local races for mayor and city council were uncontested and therefore, to no one's surprise, those candidates prevailed. In the only contested race, Ward 5 Democrat Chuck Warpehoski
got more votes than independent David Silkworth
: Jeff Gaynor
, Simone Lightfoot
and Harmony Mitchell
were elected to these nonpartisan seats.
: Four candidates who ran as a slate – Victoria Green
, Colleen Sherman
, Linh Song
and Jamie Vander Broek
– were elected. AADL trustees are nonpartisan positions.
Washtenaw Community College board
: Angela Davis
and Bill Milliken Jr.
were elected as WCC trustees in this nonpartisan race.
: For the districts that cover parts of Ann Arbor, the following candidates were elected: Michelle Deatrick
(District 2), Andy LaBarre
(District 7), Jason Morgan
(District 8), and Conan Smith
(District 9). All are Democrats.
Incumbent Democrat Jerry Clayton
defeated Republican Ken Magee
Thanks to all candidates who put themselves forward in this election cycle!
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We have ambitious plans but limited resources. Help support our work by contributing a one-time or monthly online donation. It's tax deductible!
Or you can send a check to:
The CivCity Initiative
118 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104
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Nov. 8 Party at the Polls!
Thanks again for helping us celebrate the democratic process. We're in it together.