Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners

A Mix Of Returning Commissioners And New Faces On The Washtenaw County Board

There were contested races in all nine of the Washtenaw County Commission districts on Tuesday.

In the 1st District, Democrat Jason Maciejewski has won his first term on the board.  Maciejewski defeated Republican Rod Anderson and will replace Kent Martinez-Kratz on the board. Maciejewski beat Martinez-Kratz in the democratic primary back in August.

The 2nd district will have new representation, as well. Democrat Sue Shink beat Republican Kevin Jardine yesterday. Shink will take over the seat now held by Michelle Deatrick. Instead of seeking re-election to the county board, Deatrick ran for the 18th district Senate seat in the August primary and lost to Jeff Irwin.

Democrat Shannon Beeman will be the new 3rd District Commissioner. She beat out Republican Melanie Weidmayer for the right to replace outgoing Republican commissioner Alicia Ping. Ping chose not to seek re-election.

Incumbent Democrat Felicia Brabec has won re-election to the 4th district chair by defeating a Republican challenge from Jeanie Wade.

Incumbent Democrats won in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th district, too. Ruth Ann Jamnick will continue serving in the 5th. Ricky Jefferson won-re-election in the 6th, Board of Trustees Chair Andy LeBarre will keep his 7th District seat and Jason Morgan won re-election in the 8th.

Katie Scott will be the new representative in the 9th district. The Democrat beat sitting commissioner Conan Smith in the Democratic primary in August. Tuesday, she defeated Republican Stuart Berry.

All of the winning candidates will serve two-year terms.

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“The Green Room” series on pipelines continues.  In the previous three segments we discovered the web of underground infrastructure is more complex and extensive than most realize.  And, while pipelines are safer than other forms of energy transport, threats to water are high on the list of concerns.  Where are the pipeline policy decisions being made?  In this segment, we look for “the deciders.”


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There's only two weeks left until the general election.  In the meantime, Ann Arbor will be hosting forums regarding the Library Lot and other issues, and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will discuss financial security.  These are just a few of these issues discussed in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.


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Many events are coming up in the world of local politics, including meetings on several business developments in Ann Arbor and the possibility of a new Ann Arbor police commission.  These are just a few of the topics discussed by WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan in this week's "Civic Matters."


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The November general election is getting closer, and more events are coming up to highlight the upcoming ballot.  Judicial races, affordable housing, and voter registration info are just some of topics discussed in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.


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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
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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. 


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.

There are 13 ballot questions to be decided in various communities throughout Washtenaw County today.  

 

Tuesday is primary election day!  Polls will be open from 7am-8pm.  Because of the election, Ann Arbor City Council has moved its meeting and crowded agenda to Thursday.  And, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will continue looking at an equity ordinance when it meets this week.  Civic engagement oppotunities abound and WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initaitive's Mary Morgan have it covered for you in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

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The Ypsilanti community group "A Seat at the Table" will host two candidate forums that will be moderated by youth.


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Preserving natural parks has been a part of Washtenaw County's environmental mission, and a tax millage has made that possible.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to James D’Amour, Executive Committee Vice Chair for the Sierra Club of Huron Valley's Michigan Chapter, about how the funding model for the program could change. 


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Election Day is right around the corner, and voters in Washtenaw County will decide what has turned out to be a somewhat divisive ballot measure. It appears on the ballot as the “Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and Public Safety Preservation Millage.”  Those who favor passage of the 8-year, one mill tax say the more than $15 million  it would generate annually is essential to the future of policing at the intersection of mental health services.  Those who oppose it contend too much of the money is being directed inappropriately and may, in fact, be subject to legal challenge.


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Back in August of 2017, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners agreed, in principle, to sell a county-owned parcel of land in Ann Arbor for a development to be known as, "Verdian at County Farm."  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks to Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith about how this project will affect Washtenaw County's overall sustainability.


Michelle Deatrick
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In a press conference Thursday,  Washtenaw County Commissioner Michelle Deatrick announced her candidacy for the Michigan State Senate.  She seeks to take State Senator Rebekah Warren's 18th District seat, who cannot run again due to term limits.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to Deatrick about her campaign.


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.

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Nearly 70 community leaders, many of them Washtenaw County elected officials, gathered today for a policy forum to address the growing need for affordable housing for senior citizens. 


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair  for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor. Mary Morgan  provides news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged. 


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Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair  for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor. Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged. Today marked the first such conversation, touching on a variety of topics and opportunities. 


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved language for a 1 mill tax proposal that will appear on the November ballot.  But amendments were made to the public safety and mental health services proposal before it was approved.
 


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote tonight on language for a proposal for the November ballot.  


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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Washtenaw County Commissioner Michelle Deatrick about the potential environmental and economical risks of the Rover natural gas pipeline.


Lisa Barry

In an effort to improve "immigration instability," the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will take a first look at a series of resolutions and policies during its Wednesday night meeting April 19th.

Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith was directly involved in the creation of the policies, which, he says, are intended to make sure local communities are secure and stable.


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As the tax filing deadline approaches, hundreds of protests will take place around the country. 


Conan Smith
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2016 was a year for many changes in local government in Washtenaw County.  One elected official garnered much of the attention.


After an on and off seat on the Washtenaw County commission, former 9th district Commissioner Conan Smith is back on the County board.

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and they are expected to make a big decision.  


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has conditionally appointed a county administrator. 

 


Metro Matters

After resigning from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to apply for a full time job with the county, Conan Smith has now withdrawn from consideration for that position as well.


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The field of finalists for Washtenaw County administrator has been narrowed down to four, and there are now two people in the running for another county position.


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