Carsten Hohnke says he won't seek re-election to Ann Arbor City Council
After nearly four years on the Ann Arbor City Council, Carsten Hohnke announced on Saturday he'll step down at the end of his term later this year.
Hohnke, D-5th Ward, announced the news in an email to his constituents, saying he's proud of the progress the city made during his time on council.
"We started with a plan for improving our neighborhoods, downtown, environment and the infrastructure that connects it all," he said. "With some additional hard work and a touch of luck, by November we'll have accomplished what we set out to do in 2008."
"Oscar will be 4 in November, and Kate will celebrate her first birthday in July. As all new parents do, Heather and I work hard to adjust our lives so that we can spend more time with our family," Hohnke said, citing that as his reason for not seeking re-election this year.
Hohnke said he's sharing the news now so there is ample time for those interested to place their names on the August primary election ballot. The deadline to file is May 15.
Saying "the future of Ann Arbor is looking bright," Hohnke said he's excited to continue serving on the council through October, and then finding new ways to serve the community after the November general election.
No one has officially stepped forward yet to run in the 5th Ward this year, but resident Chuck Warpehoski acknowledges he's considering it.
"I'm definitely considering it," he said. "I just saw Carsten's announcement this morning. I plan on making a decision by Monday, but I am leaning toward it."
Warpehoski is director of the local Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and a member of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority's district advisory committee for the Ann Arbor area as part of the AATA countywide transit master planning process.
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