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November 7th, 2017 Election: Contested Candidated Races In Washtenaw County Decided

Nov 8, 2017

On Tuesday, there were three contested races for Ann Arbor City Council,  city council and a mayoral race in Milan and in Dexter, voters ousted an incumbent. 

Incumbents won in Ann Arbor’s three contested city council races. Jane Lumm garnered 64-percent of the vote winning the 2nd ward race. Jack Eaton took over 72-percent of the vote in winning reelection in the 4th ward and Chip Smith will continue serving in the 5th ward after a narrow, three-percent win over Ali Ramlawi. Anne Bannister and Zach Ackerman were unopposed in winning three year terms on council. In the 1st ward, Bannister beat out Jason Frenzel in the August primary and faced no opposition in Tuesday’s election. Frenzel had been appointed to council to fill the vacancy created with the departure of Sabra Briere. Ackerman was the unopposed incumbent in the 3rd Ward.

Two of three incumbents for Dexter City Council won reelection. Donna Fisher and Julie Knight will serve four more years. But, Paul Cousins won the third spot on council by getting 115 more votes than incumbent Jim Carson.

In Milan, current Mayor Michael Armitage decided against seeking another term.  Current, city councilman Dominic Hamden won nearly 70-percent of the vote over challenger and former Mayor, Owen Diaz. Hamden will begin his two-year term on January 1st.  In the race for Milan City Council, Incumbents Ann Gee and Doug Gilson will serve another four years. They’ll be joined by newcomer Ed Kolar who will fill the vacancy left with Hamden’s election to the Mayor’s office.

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