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Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith Ready To Move On After Primary Loss

Conan Smith
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners

Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smithlost 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.

2nd District: Sue Shink has won a three-person runoff in the Democrat Primary and will face Kevin Jardine in November. Jardine was unopposed Tuesday. The general election winner will replace current commissioner Michelle Deatrick. Deatrick ran unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary for the 18th District State Senate seat.  

5th District: Incumbent Ruth Ann Jamnick fended off two challengers to win the Democratic primary. Jamnick will face Richard Valencourt in November. He was unopposed in the Republican Primary.

6th District: Incumbent Ricky Jefferson has won the Democrat primary against Janessa Williams. Cheryl Farmer’s name also appeared on the ballot, but the former Ypsilanti Mayor withdrew from the race for family reasons, but too late to remove her name ballot. Still, Farmer won nearly 30-percent of the vote. Jefferson gathered 45-percent support and will face Thomas Banks in November, Banks was unopposed in the Republican primary.

9th District:  Incumbent Conan Smith went down to defeat on Tuesday night. Challenger Katie Scott gathered nearly 66-percent of the vote in unseating Smith. Scott will face Stuart Berry in November. Berry was unopposed in the Republican primary.

In Non-contested Commission Races:

3rd District: Democrat Shannon Beeman will run-off against Republican Melanie Weidmayer in November. Current 3rd District Commissioner Alicia Ping did not run for re-election.

4th District: Incumbent Democrat Felicia Brabec will face Republican Jeanie Wade in November.

7th District: Incumbent Democrat Andy LeBarre will face a Republican challenge from Joe Miriani in November.

8th District: Incumbent Democrat Jason Morgan will face Republican Jeffrey R. Gallatin in November.

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu

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