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Christopher Taylor Clears Biggest Hurdle Towards Becoming Ann Arbor Mayor

Aug 6, 2014

Christopher Taylor will likely be Ann Arbor's next mayor. The 3rd Ward City Councilman won a four way Democratic Primary against three of his council colleagues Tuesday. Taylor received nearly 48 percent of the vote in claiming victory.

Ann Arbor Democratic Mayoral Primary winner Christopher Taylor chats with 2nd Ward Democratic City Council primary winner Kirk Westphal.
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A happy crowd of Ann Arbor insiders, including current Mayor John Hieftje, packed the back room of the Black Pearl on Main Street waiting for the results to become final. It became clear, early in the evening Taylor would win the Democratic Primary over Sabra Briere, Sally Hart Petersen, and Stephen Kunselman. Its likely the biggest hurdle in replacing Hieftje as Taylor will be a big favorite to beat Independent Bryan Kelly in the general election.

Taylor says he's ready to take on the city's top job, "I'm very much looking forward to all the folks who won their elections tonight.  I know that people are interested in moving Ann Arbor forward, and I'm excited to get to work."

Taylor attributes the Primary win to his message that Ann Arbor is headed in the right direction and deserves more than just basic services.

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