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Endorsements & Recommendations

Elected Officials and Leaders

  • Jeff Irwin, State Senator

  • Christopher Taylor, Ann Arbor Mayor

  • Katie Scott, Washtenaw County Commissioner, District 9

  • Andy LaBarre, Washtenaw County Commissioner, District 7

  • Mark Bernstein, University of Michigan Regent

  • Derrick Miller, Executive Director, Community Action Network

  • Margie Teall, former Ann Arbor City Council Member - Ward 4

  • Steph White, former Executive Director, Equality Michigan

  • Neal Elyakin, former WISD Administrator

  • Hannan Lis, Detroit Public Television Board Chairman

  • Gregory Dill, Washtenaw County Administrator

  • John Austin, former President, State Board of Education

  • Rick Wiener, former Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party

  • Lon Johnson, former Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party


  • Washtenaw County Democratic Party

  • AFSCME Council 25

  • Huron Valley Area Labor Federation

  • LiUNA! Local 499

  • Graduate Employees' Organization 3550

  • Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors

  • Ann Arbor Indivisible

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State Sen. Jeff Irwin

​"I've known Jen for years as a fair journalist and effective communications professional. Jen cares deeply about helping people. Ward 4 residents will be well served by her responsive leadership and new ideas."

Katie Scott, Washtenaw County Commissioner, District 9


“I first met Jen when she was appointed to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. Since then I found her to be responsive and hard-working, but beyond all her outstanding professional traits, she is also kind and inclusive. Jen's work for a more equitable Ann Arbor is laudable.”

Steph White, former Executive Director, Equality Michigan

"Ann Arbor deserves leaders who are committed to affordable housing, careful management of city resources, and pedestrian safety -- not just in word, but in deed. Jen Eyer is the kind of leader who puts her values into action. I know Jen will work for the good of our whole community and I'm proud to support her."


Neal Elyakin, former WISD administrator


"I support Jen Eyer for Ann Arbor City Council. She will represent the citizens of Ann Arbor with passion, intelligence and ideas that will take our city into the future in positive ways."

Rick Wiener, former Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party

“From my years of public service, I know that Jen has that rare combination of integrity and work ethic that makes her a leader you can trust to get things done.”

Lon Johnson, former Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party


“As a former chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, I've worked with Jen Eyer, and she is a strong Democrat and effective leader who shares our progressive values.”

Gregory Dill, Washtenaw County Administrator

“Jen, on short notice and with great enthusiasm, offered her time and efforts to fill a vacancy on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. In her four months here, she proved to be thoughtful and deliberate in how she approached the work of Commissioner, concerned for quality and level of services offered across the county and to the residents of her district, and took action to ensure that Washtenaw County continued to be a world class services provider.”

Geoff Larcom, former colleague at The Ann Arbor News

"Jen Eyer is well versed in government, local issues, the media and public communications. As a council member, I am confident she will focus on the long-term, complex and central issues confronting Ann Arbor while maintaining a personal touch in dealing with her constituents."

Joan Lowenstein, former Ann Arbor Council Member

"Jen is able to network throughout Ward 4 and the city. Her connections to parents, professionals, students, and other residents have made her a good listener and activist."

"It is time for a change on City Council. Jen Eyer has my vote because I trust her responsiveness to represent the Fourth Ward with integrity and honesty."  - Liz Nowland-Margolis, Executive Director of AAPS Student & School Safety and Ward 4 resident

"Jen Eyer has served on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. She comes from a union family, and she has worked for education, labor, and civil rights. She will be a great progressive voice for Ann Arbor." Keith Orr, former co-owner of \aut\ BAR and the Common Language Bookstore 

“Jen Eyer combines the best of 'ear-to-the-ground' understanding of her community as neighbor, activist and mom; with experience in public policy making and shaping to deliver results for Ann Arbor residents.” - John Austin, former President of Michigan's State Board of Education and Ann Arbor resident

“Jen Eyer will be an outstanding member on our City Council.  Jen’s commitment to Ann Arbor has been demonstrated throughout the many years I have known her. She is a great asset to our community, with a focus on serving families and neighborhoods.” - Stephanie Comai, former director, Michigan Talent Investment Agency and Ward 4 resident


"In August of 2009, we were desperate to find someone who could help us figure out why Chase Bank had sent us to foreclosure illegally. I called around to Detroit and Ann Arbor newspapers and found Jen at the Ann Arbor News. She came to meet us and dug through our 6-inch high stack of documentation and went to bat for us. She contacted Freddie Mac, the Dept of Treasury, Chase Bank and began asking questions. In September 2009, she called to tell me our mortgage remodification had been approved and we were able to keep our home! My father had passed way that year, we had an 18-month old infant and we were struggling financially like the rest of the country at that time. She persisted where others had failed us for the better part of a year. I have always remembered her kindness, her smile and her thorough work in the midst of a very difficult time. The residents of Ann Arbor will be in good hands with Jen on their City Council." - Lola Kern, former Ypsilanti resident


“I've known Jen for 10 years. She is ethical, and thoughtful and intelligent. She helped me when she was working for The Ann Arbor News and I was struggling with running my business under a leaky roof in rented office property. I reached out to the News after a small fire started from water hitting power to the furnace unit. My email produced a call and visit from Jen. She asked a lot of questions. Not a week later I was informed by the property manager, who had previously said they would sue me if I withheld rent, that the roof would be fixed thanks to Jen’s intervention. Jen’s words can carry a lot of weight, and she uses them for good. We will all benefit greatly from her input on decision making for our city.” - Mike Stearns, Ann Arbor business owner and resident


“A few years ago, Jen helped our family go public with the story of our young transgender son. We had followed her work at the Ann Arbor News and reached out to her for advice on countering misinformation. Jen provided our family with a helping hand when we needed it most, despite not knowing us personally. She’s a remarkable person, because just like she helped us, she really has her heart in the right place and tries to help whoever she can. She always tries to do the right thing, even when that comes at a cost, and she’s fearless in doing that. My experience with Jen speaks volumes about her character. There can be no doubt as to her qualifications to analyze complex issues and provide valuable insight -- she has been widely recognized by her peers and the public for her talented reporting and writing. There can also be no doubt as to her fearlessness in taking on difficult topics. In fact, she leads the way and is one of the bravest people I know. But just as importantly, perhaps more so, I can attest to her passion for helping others and making our community a better place. That is a rare combination and I believe makes her an ideal candidate for the Ann Arbor City Council.” - Peter Tchoryk,  CEO, Michigan Aerospace Corporation

"She is smart, a Democrat, progressive. She has good experience and is willing to look at all sides before making a decision. I believe that she will bring a fresh voice of reason to our City Council." Linda Lombardini, Co-Owner, Trillium Realtors

"Jen is smart, informed, forward-thinking and committed to public service. I believe she will help shepherd our city forward to a more sustainable and equitable future while still providing great, responsive service for her constituents' everyday concerns. She believes in the capacity of local government to do both via functional, cooperative and pragmatic leadership. Her heart is in the right place. She embodies servant leadership. I just can't imagine a better city council representative for the 4th Ward." - Jean Henry, former owner of Jefferson Market

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