Jamnick Prevails in County District 5 Primary

Ruth Ann Jamnick has won a four-way race in the Democratic primary for the District 5 seat on the Washtenaw County board of commissioners. It was the only county board seat that was contested in the Aug. 5 primary election. The district covers Augusta Township and part of Ypsilanti Township south of I-94.

Other District 5 Democratic candidates were Keith Jason, Wilma Gold-Jones, and Victor Dobrin. According to unofficial results on the Washtenaw County elections division website, Jamnick received 1,025 votes (36.39%) compared to 903 votes (32.06%) for Jason, 656 votes (23.29%) for Gold-Jones, and 232 votes (8.24%) for Dobrin.

In November, Jamnick will face Republican Timothy King, who was unchallenged in Tuesday’s primary. The current commissioner from that district, Democrat Rolland Sizemore Jr., did not seek re-election.

Incumbents in all other of the nine county board seats are running for re-election and were unchallenged in the primary. They are: Kent Martinez-Kratz (D-District 1), Dan Smith (R-District 2), Alicia Ping (R-District 3), Felicia Brabec (D-District 4), Ronnie Peterson (D-District 6), Andy LaBarre (R-District 7), Yousef Rabhi (D-District 8) and Conan Smith (D-District 9).

Dan Smith and Alicia Ping are unchallenged in the Nov. 4 general election. All Democratic incumbents will face opponents in November, however, running against candidates who were also unchallenged in Tuesday’s primary. They are: Republicans Larry Murphy (District 1),  Stanley Watson (District 4), David Raaflaub (District 6), Joe Miriani (District 7), Jeffrey Gallatin (District 8) and John Floyd (District 9).