Peter Nicolas Professor of Law University of Washington Former Ann Arbor City Councilmember

City Council Career

Peter Nicolas first ran for and was elected to the Ann Arbor, Michigan City Council in 1992, when he was 21 years old and still a student at the University of Michigan. He was the first student ever to be endorsed by the city's newspaper—The Ann Arbor News—and he won as a Democrat in a ward that typically voted 65 percent Republican.

He was re-elected to a second term by a wide margin despite strong campaigns mounted by the Republican and Green parties. In 1994, he ran for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives. Although unsuccessful, he received the endorsement of not only The Ann Arbor News, but also The Detroit News as well as The Detroit Free Press. Early in 1995, he switched his party affiliation to Independent, and continued to serve on the City Council until the end of his term later that year.

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