In a comment left on The Ann Arbor Chronicle’s website on an article about the recent redistricting of the Washtenaw County board of commissioners, Leah Gunn has announced that she does not plan to run for re-election in 2012 in the new District 8, formed out of that redistricting process. She instead intends to support fellow Democrat Yousef Rabhi.
The new redistricting plan approved earlier this month reduces the number of districts for the county board from 11 to 9. Ann Arbor will have three districts under the new plan, rather than the four districts currently in place, and the Ann Arbor residences of both Gunn and Rabhi will be located in the same new district. Gunn currently represents District 9. She was first elected to the county board in 1996, and also serves on the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority board and as chair of the Washtenaw Urban County. Rabhi is one of the newest county commissioners, first elected in 2010 and representing District 11.