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Mary Morgan / CivCity Initiative

Now that the August primary is done, it's time to look to other civic events, such as filling vacancies in advisory groups, learning about affordable housing, and caring for local parks.  WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will discuss these topics and give some more post-election analysis in this week's "Civic Matters."


Conan Smith
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners / washtenaw.org

Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith lost his 9th District primary race on Tuesday.  While disappointed, he remains proud of his long tenure in public service and is encouraged by the leadership to be offered by the victor in the race, Katie Scott.  Smith took time Wednesday morning to reflect and look ahead in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair. 


Christopher Taylor
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

After a sometimes contentious primary, Christopher Taylor knows he has enough support to continue as Mayor.  But, he will also have to work with the member of city council he defeated for two more years as well as a host of new faces, amidst incumbent losses on Tuesday.  Mayor Taylor discussed the challenges and opportunities for moving his agenda forward with WEMU's David Fair.


Rebekah Warren
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Rebekah Warren is nearing the end of her tenure as 18th District State Senator.  After a comfortable win on in the Democratic primary, she is looking to November and beyond, as 55th District State House Representative.  She discussed the agenda with WEMU's David Fair.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

It was a long night for former Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin.  He had to wait until nearly 5am to get the final results  of the race for the 18th District State Senate. After  a narrow win, Irwin discussed the plan moving forward with with WEMU's David Fair. 


Normally, CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan comes to the WEMU studios on Mondays for the feature "Civic Matters."  But, the August 2018 primary election is complete, and she just had to stop and offer some analysis of how, or if, the results in Ann Arbor may change the direction of city council. 


Larry Kestenbaum
Ann Arbor Local Wiki / localwiki.org

Nearly 35-percent of registered voters in Washtenaw County exersized their right on Tuesday. Voter turnout exceeded expectation and the county elections division was prepared. Still, no election passes without a slowdown, or two. Washtenaw County Clerk and Register of Deeds Larry Kestenbaum spoke with o WEMU's David Fair about turnout and the process of getting timely and accurate results. 


Jack Eaton
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Incumbent Christopher Taylor defeated 4th Ward City Council member Jack Eaton int he Ann Arbor Mayoral Primary on Tuesday. Eaton joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the loss, the takeaways fromt he cmpaign and what he hopes to accomplish before his council term expires in 2020.


Voters in Superior Township have approved tax increases for both police and fire services.

Former State Representative Jeff Irwin will be favored to win the 18th District State Senate seat in November. The Ann Arborite won the Democratic Primary race by 239 votes over Washtenaw County Commissioner Michelle Deatrick. He also beat out Anuja Rajendra and Mathew Millerin the Democratic primary.

John James has won the right to try and unseat Incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow in November. The businessman and military veteran defeated Sandy Pensler in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate.   Stabenow was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has defeated two other candidates in the primary and will move on to the November general election. Whitmer recieved the majority of party support in defeating Abdul El-Sayed and Shri Thanedar.

Republican Bill Schuette has won the primary race for Governor and will move on to the November general election. The current state Attorney General defeated Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines.  

Bill Gelineau has won the Lerbertarian gubernatorial primary race.  Gelieau defeated John J. Tatar to move on to the November general election. 

There, he’ll face an uphill climb in a race with Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette. Whitmer and Schuette each won their party’s primary on Tuesday night.

The Lincoln-Consolidated School District has won voter approval to borrow up to 25-million dollars for facilities and security improvements.

Former Saline Mayor and State Representative Gretchen Driskell will again try and unseat 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg in November.

With nearly 69-percent of the vote, Colton A. Campbell defeated Ora Wright and won the Republican Primary in the 54th State House District.

Incumbent Ronnie Peterson found himself on a rather crowded ballot in the democratic race for the 54th district state house seat. Peterson is finishing up his first term in office now, and faced a challenge from three other candidates.

A current state senator is likely to become the next representative for the 55th State House District. Rebekah Warren is being term-limited out of the senate. She was elected to the senate while serving as the 53rd District State House Representative and, under term-limit law, is eligible to serve one more term in the House.

Bob Baird won a three-way race in the Republican Primary in the 55th State House District. Baird moves on the November general election and will face Democrat Rebekah Warren.

A 10-year, 1-mill tax levy has won approval in the Whitmore Lake Public Schools.

Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township have given a “thumbs up” to continuation of expanded service routes and bus hours.

1st District:  Incumbent Kent Martinez-Kratz has been defeated. Jason Maciejewski won the Democratic primary winning nearly 58-percent voter support. He will face Republican Rod Anderson in November. Anderson was unopposed Tuesday.

City Of Ypsilanti Races

Aug 8, 2018
City of Ypsilanti
Courtesy Photo / City of Ypsilanti

1st Ward: Incumbent Nicole Brown defeated challenger Ka’Ron Gaines with nearly 64- percent support.  Brown is unopposed in November.

2nd Ward: Jennifer Symanns was unopposed in Tuesday’s primary and will remain unopposed in November.

3rd Ward: Anthony Morgan defeated Adam Gainsley with nearly 65-percent of the vote.  Morgan will face Desirae Simmons, a non-partisan candidate, in the November general election.

Mayoral Race: 2nd Ward city councilmember Beth Bashert was unopposed in the Tuesday Democratic primary and therefore, by ordinance, did not appear on the ballot. She will face three non-partisan challengers in the November general election, Anne Brown (write in only), Adrienne Hirschfelder, and Jack Szkutnik. Current Ypsilanti Mayor, Amanda Edmonds, chose not to run for re-election.

**Editor's Note**: (08/08/2018 12:15pm by PC) This article has been edited to correct mistakes in both the Mayoral and 3rd Ward coverage.  The Mayoral Race includes Adrienne Hirschfelder, a non-partisan candidate.  The 3rd Ward race includes Desirae Simmons, a non-partisan candidate.

Ann Arbor
Courtesy Photo / City of Ann Arbor

Taylor Wins Ann Arbor Mayoral Primary

Incumbent Christopher Taylor fended off a challenge from sitting 4th ward city councilman Jack Eaton. Taylor received nearly 59-percent of the vote in the Democratic primary and, barring an independent challenge, will be unopposed in November.

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