After a thunderous applause from his supporters at Pizza House, Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor delivered a somewhat low key and measured victory speech after defeating challenger Jack Eaton in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary.
“I am proud of the work my campaign team has accomplished and I’m excited about the work that can be done to make our city a better place,” he said. “I’m losing three colleagues who have done their work for the city with grace, with integrity, with diligence and thoughtfulness. They have been outstanding public servants. I will mourn their departure and the city will too.”
With all 53 precincts counted, Taylor received 16,867 votes to Eaton’s 11,741 to earn 58.84 percent of the vote.
Taylor talked about the “optimism about what we can achieve here in Ann Arbor.”
“People here love the city and know we have something special here,” he said. “We are going to improve the equity in our city. Sustainability is something that is critical to our moving forward. We cannot be the Ann Arbor we want if we can’t provide the basic services, if we are not the most equitable place you’ve ever lived and if we aren’t the most sustainable place you’ve ever lived.”
Eaton is a 4th Ward representative on the City Council.
In the Democratic City Council races:
AA City Council W 1: Jeff Hayner defeated Ron Ginyard with 50.99 percent of the vote.
AA City Council W 2: Kathy Griswold defeated Kirk Westphal with 50.45 percent of the vote.
AA City Council W 3: Julie Grand defeated Alice Liberson with 53.42 percent of the vote.
AA City Council W 4: Elizabeth Nelson defeated Graydon Krapohi with 59.89 percent of the vote.
AA City Council W 5: Ali Ramlawi defeated Chuck Warpehoski with 50.94 percent of the vote.