Student candidate drops out of 1st Ward race for Ann Arbor City Council
Jaclyn Vresics, who was planning to challenge Ann Arbor City Council Member Sabra Briere in November, has ended her campaign.
Will Leaf, co-chairman of the party, relayed a written statement from Vresics via email, stating she's no longer seeking the 1st Ward seat.
"I have full confidence in Conrad (Brown) and Sam (DeVarti) as candidates, and I maintain my belief that the party's platform will bring much needed and beneficial change to Ann Arbor."
DeVarti, an Eastern Michigan University student and lifelong Ann Arborite, is challenging incumbent Stephen Kunselman in the 3rd Ward, while Brown, a U-M student, competes against incumbent Jane Lumm and fellow challenger Kirk Westphal in the 2nd Ward.
Vresics submitted more than 100 voter signatures to the city clerk's office to make her campaign official earlier this year. Because it's past the deadline to withdraw, her name still will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Briere, a Democrat, also must defend her seat against Independent challenger Jeff Hayner, who is actively campaigning and has launched a website at FirstForJeff.org. Hayner is a Saginaw native who graduated from U-M in 1987 and has lived in Ann Arbor for 30 years.
He states on his website that he's running because he loves Ann Arbor and he's heard from many people that they're tired of seeing their taxes increase while their services decrease.
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