Answers to frequently-asked questions (submit yours!)
Who can vote for Alice Ralph for District 11 County Commissioner?
Registered voters residing within Washtenaw County District 11 can vote for Alice Ralph in the August 3 primary. This year, District 11 Democratic candidates for the November election are determined from four running in the August 3 primary election. The primary is an "open", but to avoid disqualification, you must vote for candidates of one party only.
How can I support Alice Ralph if I am not a voter in District 11?
Recommend Alice to your District 11 friends who CAN vote for her! Donate or volunteer. Send us your quote in support of Alice. Write LTEs to annarbor.com and annarborchronicle.com (You know you can!) Whatever you do to support Alice, do it early and often, and don't be late for the most important date, August 3.
What is your platform?
AJR: My platform has three themes in 6 words--
Resilient Policy / Core Responsibilities / Future Abundance
These themes will guide my response to current and looming challenges of our economy and envirionment. I aim to transform these challenges into a just future of abundance. I invite you to provide your focus to my campaign as you explore other pages of my website or talk to me on the campaign trail.
Who are you running against?
AJR: Although I am not alone on the primary ballot, I'm not running against anyone. I'm running for the District 11 seat being left open by Jeff Irwin. A 10-year incumbent, Jeff is running for the Michigan State House of Representatives, 53rd District. In doing so, Jeff cannot also run for re-election to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. Because I have the best skills and experience for the office of county commissioner, I am duty-bound to run. With success supported by voters, I will be honored to serve.
How many County Commissioners are there on the Board?
There are 11 County Commissioners, one for each district, elected in even numbered years by voters residing that district.
What is the term of service for a County Commissioner?
County Commissioners are elected in even-numbered years for a terms of two years. Their terms begin in January following November elections.
What does the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners do?
The "BOC" makes policy that directs public spending toward essential programs and projects that fundamentally affect the quality of life for residents of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.
Depending on interests and assignments, County Commissioners also sit on other county boards and commissions, councils and committees. These are activities that enhance communication and collaboration with citizens and communities.
No, really, what do they DO?
The BOC is responsible for ensuring that county government provides services mandated by State and Federal government. The BOC sponsors ballot initiatives and votes on resolutions for implementation of those that are approved by the voters. The BOC indirectly oversees all of the employees of Washtenaw County, through the County Administrator, whom they hire directly. Sworn to uphold the U.S. and State Constitutions, the members of the Board of Commissioners represent their constituents, adhering to the best interests of all of Washtenaw County,