2 contested Ann Arbor City Council races on Aug. 6 primary ballot
The Aug. 6 primary ballot in Ann Arbor is set after Tuesday's filing deadline came and went for partisan candidates interested in running for City Council.
Five incumbents are seeking re-election this year, but only two of them — Marcia Higgins and Stephen Kunselman — will have to defend their seats in the primary.
Higgins, D-4th Ward, is up against neighborhood activist Jack Eaton, while Kunselman, D-3rd Ward, is being challenged by Julie Grand, chairwoman of the city's Park Advisory Commission.
Independent Samuel Devarti, who has pulled petitions but hasn't yet filed, could face off against the 3rd Ward primary winner in November.
Independent Noah Weber, who has pulled petitions but hasn't yet filed, could face off against the 4th Ward primary winner in November.
Kirk Westphal, chairman of the city's Planning Commission, filed to run as a Democrat in the 2nd Ward and will advance unopposed to compete in the November general election.
It's expected Westphal will compete in November against 2nd Ward incumbent Jane Lumm, an Independent, though Lumm has not yet pulled petitions. Another potential 2nd Ward candidate, Independent Conrad Brown, has pulled petitions but hasn't yet filed.
Sabra Briere, D-1st Ward, faces no opposition in the August primary, but she could face Independent Jaclyn Vresics in November. Vresics pulled nominating petitions but hasn't yet filed.
Mike Anglin, D-5th Ward, has no opponents at this point. Tom Partridge, a 5th Ward resident who's known for frequently speaking out at council meetings, pulled nominating petitions to run against Anglin as a Democrat but he failed to meet Tuesday's deadline to turn in signatures.
It's unclear at this point how many of the potential Independent candidates are affiliated with the Ann Arbor Mixed Use Party, a University of Michigan student group that vowed earlier this year to put up a slate of candidates. The Ann Arbor Chronicle reported Vresics is a member of the group.
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