Cynthia Harrison wins Ann Arbor City Council 1st Ward seat


Cynthia Harrison won 1st Neighborhood Democratic Primary for the Ann Arbor City Council. Councilman Jeff Hayner did not seek re-election. Harrison beat Angeline Smith on Tuesday with 71% of the vote and has effectively already won the seat.

Harrison will be unopposed in November unless there is a written nomination, and will expect to be sworn in after the general election.

Professionally, she is a program manager at the Center for Independent Living in Ann Arbor. Harrison says the background and experiences in supporting people with mental health issues led her to come forward and she will bring personal insight as a woman of color to the city council. The first priority will be to ensure that the most vulnerable in the city are not left behind.

“First of all, I’m very interested in how mental illness intersects with the criminal justice system. The city is considering an unarmed response to the crisis, the timing is truly perfect, quite frankly.”

Harrison says one of his other priorities is to help develop multi-modal transportation across the city.

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