2 incumbents ousted as Ann Arbor mayor and allies sweep city races
ANN ARBOR, MI — For the second Ann Arbor primary election in a row, Mayor Christopher Taylor’s camp has swept all City Council races across the city. Ann Arbor Ward 5 candidate Jen Cornell (middle) speaks at an election night party at York Food and Drink in Ann Arbor on August 2, 2022. Ann Arbor Ward 4 incumbent city council member Elizabeth Nelson (right) hugs a supporter at an election night party at Black Pearl in Ann Arbor on August 2, 2022. Over $175K pumped into three Ann Arbor City Council racesSaying he faced a smear campaign, Ramlawi also lamented that many people now get their information from social media. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Live election results for Aug. 2 primary in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw CountyYour guide to what’s on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot in Washtenaw CountyThis year’s Ann Arbor mayoral race now includes one more candidateCouncil member beats incumbent in Ypsilanti mayoral primaryNearly $1M in campaign cash pumped into Ann Arbor-area Michigan House, Senate racesmlive.com
Ann Arbor mayor, council candidates lay out platforms in 3-minute videos
ANN ARBOR, MI — Candidates for Ann Arbor mayor and City Council are continuing to make their platforms known with the Aug. 2 primary less than a month away. There are contested council races in wards 1, 4 and 5 this year, in addition to the citywide mayoral race, and early absentee voting began recently. All candidates in the running are Democrats competing for four-year terms. Mayor Christopher TaylorMayoral challenger Anne Bannister1st Ward candidate Cynthia Harrison1st Ward candidate Angeline Smith4th Ward incumbent Elizabeth Nelson4th Ward challenger Dharma Akmon4th Ward challenger Mozhgan Savabieasfahani5th Ward incumbent Ali Ramlawi5th Ward challenger Jenn CornellRead more Ann Arbor-area election coverage. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:3 Democrats running in new Michigan Senate district covering Ann Arbor, Jackson4 vying to be next 14A District Court judge in Washtenaw CountyThe Firefighter Spray Park cools the community after Fourth of July paradeRappel down the side of an Ann Arbor skyscraper for this fundraiserDowntown Ann Arbor street reduced to one lane for bikeway projectmlive.com
Ann Arbor hasn’t had a Black council member in 15 years. That could soon change.
ANN ARBOR, MI — For Cynthia Harrison and Angeline Smith, being Black in Ann Arbor has meant different things. Smith, who serves as a board member at the co-op, is running for an Ann Arbor city council seat in the August primary.The Ann Arbor NewsHarrison and Smith, who live on the city’s north side, are now competing for a 1st Ward seat on City Council. “I have other stories about being Black in Ann Arbor, living while Black in Ann Arbor. Smith, who serves as a board member at the co-op, is running for an Ann Arbor city council seat in the August primary.The Ann Arbor NewsSmith, a Detroit native, said she hasn’t had any negative encounters with Ann Arbor police since moving here in 2007. Her parents moved to Ann Arbor in 1968 and her mother was the first Black nurse to work for Ann Arbor Public Schools and her father worked in the auto industry, she said.mlive.com
Mental Health Professionals, Not Police, Should Respond to Crises, Say Michigan Advocates
When someone is having a behavioral health crisis, the standard response is to send a police officer. However, introducing law enforcement without the proper mental health training into a crisis situation can lead to the affected individual’s arrest, or even death. “Individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis need to be met with help, and not handcuffs.” —Cynthia HarrisonListen: Behavioral health advocates’ efforts to decriminalize mental illness. GuestsCynthia Harrison is the mother of an individual who has been jailed 23 times in response to behavioral health crises. She says she thinks of the clubhouse approach “as a kind of PT for your mental health or as a gym for your mental health.wdet.org