County Commission District 5 outline in the northern and eastern portions of Washtenaw, wrapping around parts of Ann Arbor and YpsilantiVideo now up on our Youtube channel.

Panels with Democratic primary candidates for the District 2 seat on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners and nonpartisan primary candidates for the vacant District Court position in District 14A will be held on July 20, from 7:00 to 8:45 PM.  In the August 2 primary, voters will have the opportunity to vote for candidates for both positions.  In the District Court race the two candidates who receive the most votes will appear on the general election ballot in November.

The panels will be held via Zoom, starting with the District 2 panel.

The Board of County Commissioners makes most policies in county government.  The work of the commissioners affects many aspects of community life, from road maintenance and repair to community mental health, responses to crime, and high-speed internet.

District 2 includes a portion of the city of Ann Arbor north of M-14, along with Ann Arbor, Northfield, Salem, Webster, most of Superior and part of Dexter Townships.  Residents can find their county districts here:

The candidates are Crystal Lyte and Stephen Ranzini.

Crystal Lyte is the vice chair of the WCDP Voice Committee; chair of the Eastern Washtenaw Democratic Club, and a community activist.  Stephen Ranzini is the president and CEO of University Bank, Ann Arbor, and a long-time Democratic activist.  Mr. Ranzini has been invited to this event but has not confirmed attendance.

The 14A District Court hears cases for all of Washtenaw County except the city of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Township. District courts are responsible for hearing cases involving small claims, traffic, landlord/tenant issues, civil matters under $25,000, and misdemeanor criminal charges.

The nonpartisan candidates for judge of District Court 14A are Fawn Armstrong, Karl A. Barr, Stuart M. Collis, and Torchio Feaster.

Fawn Armstrong is an assistant prosecuting attorney for Washtenaw County and has held that position for 10 years.  Karl A. Barr is the assistant city attorney for Ypsilanti, a position he has held for 20 years; he is also in private practice with the Barr Anhut and Associates law firm.  Stuart M. Collis is an attorney in private practice who has appeared in most of the Michigan district courts as well as federal courts; he is also a mediator in Washtenaw, Jackson, and Oakland Counties.  Torchio Feaster is an assistant public defender in Washtenaw County.