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Dynamics Likely To Change On Ann Arbor City Council Following The Primary Election

Aug 8, 2018

Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative in Ann Arbor

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. 


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.

Ann Arbor City Council Races: (All Democratic Primaries)  

1st Ward: Jeff Haynor defeated Ron Ginyard by 130-votes in the 1st ward race. Haynor  will be unopposed by a Republican in November and will replace current councilmember Sumi Kailasapathy, who chose not to seek re-election.

2nd Ward: Incumbent Kirk Westphal has lost his primary race. Former Ann Arbor Board of Education Trustee Kathy Griswold recieved 53-more votes. Griswold is unopposed by a Republican in November.

3rd Ward: Incumbent Julie Grand defeated Alice Liberson garnering over 53-percent of  the vote. Grand is unopposed by a Republican in November

4th Ward: Incumbent Graydon Krapohl  has lost his primary race. Elizabeth Nelson won the support of nealy 60 percent of voters in the ward.

5th Ward: Incumbent Chuck Warpehoski went down to defeat, as well. Challenger Ali Ramlawi, earned 162 more votes. Ramlawi is unopposed by a Republican in November.

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