Carsten Hohnke, a current Ward 5 Ann Arbor city councilmember, has announced his decision not to seek reelection to the council. Hohnke made his announcement in an email sent to constituents on Saturday morning, citing the desire to spend more time with his family, including his four-year-old son and infant daughter. There have been rumors for several weeks that Hohnke would not run again, even though he took out petitions from the city clerk’s office on Feb. 27.
Hohnke, a Democrat, was elected to his first two-year term on the Ann Arbor city council in November 2008. Other first-time councilmembers elected in 2008 included Sandi Smith (Ward 1), Tony Derezinski (Ward 2), and Christopher Taylor (Ward 3). Hohnke
was unopposed in the November election, but won a close Democratic primary race that year against Vivienne Armentrout, which resulted in a recount that confirmed the outcome. Original vote totals were 1,552 for Armentrout 1,610 for Hohnke. In the November general election, Hohnke faced Republican John Floyd and won that race with 79% of the vote.
In August 2010, Hohnke won the Democratic primary against challenger Lou Glorie, garnering 71.8% of votes. In the general 2010 election, he successfully defended his seat, winning 69% of the vote against Republican John Floyd (21.9%) and independent Newcombe Clark (9%).
Each ward in the city is represented by two councilmembers. Ward 5 is also represented by Mike Anglin, who will be up for reelection in 2013.
For the Aug. 7 primary, the filing deadline for city council candidates with party affiliations is May 15 at 4 p.m. For independent candidates in the Nov. 6 general election, the filing deadline is July 19 at 4 p.m. More information about the filing process is available on the city clerk’s elections website.
Added after initial publication: Shortly after noon on April 21, Chuck Warpehoski indicated via Twitter an interest in running for Hohnke’s open seat. Warpehoski is the director of the local non-profit, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. His wife, Nancy Shore, is director of the getDowntown program, which is funded jointly through the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, the city of Ann Arbor, and the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.