Vivienne Armentrout is a freelance writer. Her articles appear in publications including the Ann Arbor Observer. Her blog is Local in Ann Arbor; Local in Ann Arbor.
Since moving to Ann Arbor with her husband Charlie (a physicist) in 1986, Vivienne has focused on community service and on her work as a free-lance editor, writer, and publisher. Previous to the move to Michigan, Vivienne was a college professor at California State Polytechnic University and holds a Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology.
Armentrout has edited several urban planning and science-related books, including Gleason’s Plants of Michigan, written by Richard K. Rabeler of the University of Michigan Herbarium and published by the University of Michigan Press.
January 11, 2010: Vivienne Armentrout announced today that she will not run for any elective office this year. Armentrout ran for City Council – 5th Ward, Ann Arbor – in the Democratic primary of 2008 and was defeated by Carsten Hohnke in a close race. She says, “I have received a number of inquiries about my intentions in this coming year and I want to make it clear that I will not be a candidate for City Council or any other office in 2010. I ran for Council in 2008 because I was very concerned about a number of directions that the Mayor and Council majority were taking the city. I remain concerned about those issues, but believe that I will be more effective as a citizen advocate rather than as a candidate. It also frees me to work for other candidates whose views I support.”
Vivienne was a 2008 Democratic candidate for the Fifth Ward in Ann Arbor.
- Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners (BOC), 1997-2004. Was chair of the Washtenaw County Planning Advisory Board; helped write and edit the Washtenaw County Comprehensive Plan.
- Ann Arbor Budget Review Committee, 1995-1996
- Chair, Ann Arbor Solid Waste Commission, 1992-1997
- Board member, League of Women Voters, 1987-1989
- Board member, Project Grow, 1988-1990
- Leadership Team, Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP), representing Washtenaw and four other SE Michigan counties, 2008
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