There was a mixed reaction from the gathering upstairs at Pizza House as campaign volunteers at the precincts in Wards 1, 3, 4, and 5 remotely fed data to the collective campaign staff serving Jason Frenzel, Zachary Ackerman, Jaime Magiera, and Chip Smith.
Most of the races were squeakers: Anna Bannister defeated Frenzel among Ward 1 voters by 115 votes with 943 total votes, Ackerman bested former City Councilman Steve Kunselman by 185 votes with 1,293 received total in Ward 3, Jack Eaton defeated Magiera by 272 votes with 1,246 total in Ward 4, and Smith beat out David Silkworth by 199 with a total 1,948 from Ward 5 voters.
As the final results trickled in and the results become clear at a little before 9 p.m. the families and supporters of Ackerman and Smith were cheering and the supporters of Frenzel and Magiera were either quiet or expressed muted disappointment, and then the folks from both sides of the electoral contest shook hands, hugged, and wished each other well.
“Jason losing tonight I think is truly a big loss to the community; his dedication, his depth of knowledge, and his true care for this community is going to be missed,” Ackerman said, while indicating that the overall results still show strong support for an agenda that encapsulates the candidates’ strong core values.
“I think over the past two two years we’ve worked really hard together to deliver on promises on roads and infrastructure, our core services, affordability of our community … I think that people recognize that work was shown tonight,” Ackerman added.
Smith echoed the same sentiments as Ackerman, crediting Frenzel as being a “consensus builder” who never shied away from bringing people to the table who he might not agree with on the issues and then making them a part of the problem-solving process.
In that spirit Smith said he will be happy to work with Bannister and is eager to see what she brings to the table.
“I would also like to thank my opponent, David Silkworth, for having the courage to run and put himself out there running a campaign,” Smith said. “Having the dialogue that he and I have had is good for the community.”
Smith is confident that an agenda that involves making Ann Arbor affordable and environmentally sustainable, while maintaining economic and racial diversity will continue to move forward in the policies put forth by city council.
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