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November 7th, 2017 Elections: Incumbents Win The Day In Ann Arbor

Nov 8, 2017

There were no surprises in the Ann Arbor city council races. 


All of the Ann Arbor city council members running for re-election won in Tuesday's election. Ann Arbor residents were voting on five city council seats, but two were uncontested.

One of the closest races was the city’s 5th Ward, where incumbent Chip Smith won reelection beating challenger Ali  Ramlawi, the owner of Jerusalem Garden restaurant, by just under 200 votes.

2nd Ward Incumbent Jane Lumm beat her challenger, as did 4th Ward councilman Jack Eaton.  

Ward 1 candidate Anne Bannister and Ward 3 councilman Zachery Ackerman ran unopposed. Each will serve three year terms. Ackerman is a returning councilman but this will be Bannister’s first term, having unseated Jason Frenzel in the August Primary. Frenzel had been appointed to council in December of 2016 when councilwoman Sabra Briere resigned her seat to move to California.  

Voter turnout across Washtenaw County was around 19 percent.

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