LaBarre vs. Montague
But while Rahbi, like board chair Conan Smith, is unopposed in the August primary, Bergman's seat in the new District 7 on Ann Arbor's east side is up for grabs. And two Democrats want it: Andy LaBarre, a thirty-year-old former aide to U.S. Congressman John Dingell who's currently the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce's VP for governmental relationships, and Christina Montague, a sixty-one-year-old former five-term county commissioner and board chair who's employed as a social worker in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
"The six years with Mr. Dingell have been good learning experience," Andy LaBarre says, "and I think I've got a good set of skills for the job. I have a good mix of experience and enthusiasm, and I've got a great work ethic. I'll do the grunt work, which is what a lot of government work is. Plus I'm good at working with people. I've got good relationships with Barbara, Leah, Yousef, and Conan because I've already worked with them through Mr. Dingell's office and at the Chamber. But mostly I try to listen and learn."
Bergman is all for LaBarre. "I asked him to run! He's great! Not only is he knowledgeable about government but he's a humble, polite young man." John Dingell is equally positive. "Andy LaBarre is one of the hardest working people I know, and his drive and passion for the community will serve him well as a County Commissioner."