Bruce Laidlaw, who served as Ann Arbor’s city attorney for 16 years, lays out the advantages that Ann Arbor voters would see from non-partisan elections, and describes what it would take to make that happen. Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are two of only three cities in Michigan that hold partisan elections.
Ann Arbor is one of only three Michigan cities that have partisan local elections. Former Ann Arbor city attorney Bruce Laidlaw traces the history that illuminates why Ann Arbor local elections are partisan. He starts at the beginning – in 1851. That’s when a special act of the Michigan legislature incorporated the city.