Christopher Taylor was chosen as the Democratic candidate for mayor of Ann Arbor in the Aug. 7 vote, beating his opponent, City Councilmember Jack Eaton, D-Ward 4, with a 59-percent majority.
Prior to serving as mayor, Taylor represented Ann Arbor’s 3rd Ward in City Council from 2008 to 2014. He also practices with Hooper Hathaway, P.C., a law firm in Ann Arbor. A New York City native, Taylor has four degrees from the University of Michigan, in English, vocal performance, American history and law.
As Mayor, Taylor has centered his platform around infrastructure, sustainability, social justice and affordability. Recently, he has taken action on downtown development, advancing the sale of Library Lot to developer Core Spaces. He also supported the formation of the Ann Arbor Police Task Force, a group working to outline how the city should monitor the Ann Arbor Police Department.
During the mayoral race, Eaton criticized Taylor’s approach to a number of issues. Eaton accused the mayor of falling short on improving public resources, addressing environmental concerns and making housing more affordable.
“The promises that the current mayor is doing, what he will do for the next four years really reflects what he and his majority have not done for the last 10,” Eaton said.
Taylor, however, said he is committed to promoting progressive values in Ann Arbor.
“I support funding and building affordable housing, I support funding and implementing our climate action plan, I support an active and strong policing commission,” Taylor said.
Taylor’s campaign won the endorsement of numerous Ann Arbor public servants and City Councilmembers. He has also received donations from the Michigan Laborers’ Political League PAC, LGBTQ activist Jim Toy and Laura Rubin, executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council.
“Having known him for many years, I’m always astonished by his unflagging energy and his thoughtful approach to everything he undertakes,” Uhle said. “Taylor has demonstrated that he is precisely what Ann Arbor needs — a deeply empathetic leader who makes bold, considered decisions to benefit us all.”
Commenting on his approach to leadership, Taylor said he values being honest with his constituents. Taylor hopes to see open lines of communication between Ann Arbor voters and elected officials such as himself.
“One of my principles serving as mayor is to tell people candidly what we can do and what we cannot do,” Taylor said. “I think it’s important that people know that they can rely upon their mayor not to tell them what they want to hear but to tell them the truth.”
Kathy Griswold, a Democrat, topped incumbent Kirk Westphal in Ward 2. Democrat Julie Grand, who currently serves on Council, won in Ward 3.
Wards 4 and 5 both saw some changes, with Democrat Elizabeth Nelson defeating incumbent Graydon Krapohl (D-Ward 4) and Ali Ramlawi beating incumbent Chuck Warpehoski (D-Ward 5).