Janis Bobrin is the former Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, an elected position she held for six terms from 1989 through 2012.
She serves on the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission, as well as on several nonprofit boards statewide and locally – including the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Huron River Watershed Council, and Dawn Farm. She also is an advisory board member for the Girls Group.
Prior to her election as water resources commissioner (originally called the county drain commissioner), Bobrin worked as manager of water quality programs for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).
Bobrin is married to Michael Allemang, who was appointed to the board of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority in 2015. They live on Ann Arbor's east side, near the University of Michigan's north campus.
A Democrat, Bobrin is an active supporter of candidates for local office. In 2012, Bobrin and Allemang served on the Our New Downtown Library campaign committee to support the Ann Arbor District Library’s $65 million bond proposal for a new downtown building. That proposal, which was on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot, was not approved by voters.
March 2012: Announces her decision not to seek re-election in 2012.
Nov. 4, 2008: Wins re-election to a sixth four-year term as county drain commissioner, running unopposed and getting 129,951 votes countywide.
Aug. 5, 2008: Wins a three-way Democratic primary for county drain commissioner, against Richard Deitering and Douglas A. Egeler. Bobrin gets 17,045 votes (64.53%) compared to 6,119 votes (23.16%) for Egeler and 3,192 votes (12.08%) for Deitering.
Nov. 2, 2004: Wins re-election to a fifth four-year term as county drain commissioner, running unopposed and getting 118,260 votes countywide.
Aug. 3, 2004: Is unopposed in the Democratic primary for county drain commissioner, getting 17,469 votes.
Nov. 7, 2000: Wins re-election to a fourth four-year term as county drain commissioner, running unopposed and getting 96,586 votes countywide.
Aug. 8, 2000: Is unopposed in the Democratic primary for Washtenaw County drain commissioner, getting 7,370 votes countywide.
Nov. 5, 1996: Is unopposed in the general election and is re-elected to a third four-year term in the position of county drain commissioner.
Aug. 6, 1996: Wins Democratic primary for county drain commissioner against James T. English. Bobrin gest 7,461 votes (68.03%) compared to 3,507 votes (31.97%) for English.
Nov. 3, 1992: Is re-elected to a second four-year term in the position of county drain commissioner, defeating Republican Steve Olmsted. Bobrin gets 68,473 votes (59.25%) in the countywide race, compared to 47,099 votes (40.75%) for Olmsted.
Aug. 4, 1992: Is unopposed in the Democratic primary for re-election as drain commissioner, getting 11,480 votes countywide.
Nov. 8, 1988: Wins her first election to the position of Washtenaw County drain commissioner, a four-year term starting in January 1989. Defeats Republican Philip L. Bondie with 52,892 votes (53.07%) compared to 46,775 votes (46.93%) for Bondie.
Aug. 2, 1988: Wins Democratic primary against Bob Hubbard. Bobrin gets 6,808 votes (58.43%) compared to 4,843 votes (41.56%) for Hubbard.
1975-1988: Works as manager of water quality programs for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).
1975: Graduates from the University of Michigan.
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In the news
Resolution passed by the Washtenaw County board of commissioners in appreciation of Bobrin's 24 years of service – Dec. 5, 2012
Janis Bobrin won't seek re-election as Washtenaw County's water resources commissioner – AnnArbor.com, March 29, 2012
Bobrin Backs Pratt for Water Resources Post – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, March 28, 2012
Janis Bobrin handily retains seat as Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner – Ann Arbor News, Aug. 6, 2008