On Nov. 4, 2014, DeVarti was elected to the Washtenaw Community College board of trustees. The top three vote-getters were elected to the board: Ruth Hatcher (38,595 votes), Christina Flemming (30,789 votes) and DeVarti (19,973 votes). He outpolled incumbent trustee Mark Freeman by 57 votes.
On Nov. 6, 2014, DeVarti was appointed by the Ann Arbor City Council to the Ann Arbor zoning board of appeals, replacing Wendy Carman. The term runs from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2017.
DeVarti served on Ann Arbor City Council as a Democrat representing Ward 4 from April 1987 to April 1988. He served on the Board of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority from 1991 to 2008. He remains active in the Democratic Party, and worked on the 2014 mayoral campaign for Sabra Briere. He's known for his advocacy on affordable housing issues and free speech.
DeVarti is the youngest son of Dominick DeVarti (founder of Dominick's restaurant) and is married to Ellen Rabinowitz, the executive director of the Washtenaw Health Plan and the county's public health officer. They have two children, Julia and Sam. They live in the Burns Park neighborhood.
In the News
Ann Arbor's Dave DeVarti getting 'WAR SUX' license plate after settling dispute with state – MLive, Sept. 4, 2014
ACLU Sues On Behalf Of Ann Arbor Man Over ‘WARSUX’ License Plate – CBS Detroit, Dec. 31, 2013
- Townies: Growing up in Ann Arbor – January 2013 Ann Arbor District Library video featuring interviews with Dave DeVarti, Geoff Larcom and Coleman Jewett.
- Dave DeVarti, Teeter Talk, August 2006