Announcement: I am proud to announce that I have been endorsed for election to the 5th Ward City Council seat by the Sierra Club, Huron Valley Group, and Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter. The press release is here.
Vivienne Armentrout is a former college professor (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona) who moved to Ann Arbor in 1986 following her husband Charles.
She has spent most of her years in Ann Arbor actively involved in politics and civic issues. She was involved in Ann Arbor Democratic Party activities, volunteered at the Ecology Center, and was a chair of the Solid Waste Commission (which has now been disbanded). She also served on a committee that spent a year studying the Ann Arbor structural budget deficit (1995).
She represented Northwest Ann Arbor on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners from 1997 to 2004, and retired undefeated. She then came out of retirement to run for City Council in 2008, and was narrowly defeated by Carsten Hohnke, who recently announced that he is not running for re-election after serving for two terms.
Vivienne has worked throughout her stay in Ann Arbor as a free-lance writer (especially for the Ann Arbor Observer), free-lance book editor, and free-lance copy editor. She operated Oakleaf Press from 1998 to 2006 as the publisher of a book she edited, Gleason’s Plants of Michigan (now published by the University of Michigan Press).
She began publishing the Local in Ann Arbor blog in 2009 and through it was heavily involved in defeating the Valiant proposal for a hotel and conference center on the Library Lot. (Posts on that subject are found here.)
Recently, she has been closely following the proposed conversion of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority to a regional transit authority under P.A. 196. (Posts on that subject are found here.) She has been appointed as a member of the District Advisory Committee for Ann Arbor.