Return of the GOP
Democratic incumbent Yousef Rabhi emails that he wants another term because "I believe that the county has come a long way in the areas of sustainability, fiscal responsibility, social and economic justice, collaboration and community outreach and inclusion, but there is so much more work to do!"
While Parker and Baublis come out of the Tea Party movement, the challenger in the west-side District Nine is an old-style Republican. That distinction didn't make a difference when John Floyd ran for city council in 2010 and got 22 percent of the vote. Floyd says he's running again because "this seat was uncontested, it's in my ward, and without contested elections, it's Soviet-style elections." Floyd says if elected "my job will be to make sure there is a wider range of voices around the table, fresh voices, and not just the same political elite."
Conan Smith, a third-generation Ann Arbor politician, believes he should be elected to a fifth term because "I've helped keep [county finances] stable through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and pushed innovative programming to sustain key services. We're only just getting started with the good stuff."
Republicans also are fielding candidates for four of the five countywide elected offices--and a Libertarian is running for the fifth. But since 70 percent of county voters typically go Democratic in presidential years, none of the incumbents is sweating.