Yousef Rabhi (D)
On January 5th, 2011, Yousef Rabhi began his first term as Washtenaw County Commissioner representing District 11. The 11th district includes most of southeastern and central Ann Arbor and is unique in that it combines student neighborhoods with a diverse mix of residential housing, commercial operations and government establishments.
Commissioner Rabhi hopes his term will be characterized by a deep commitment to community engagement. He has emphasized the importance of working with citizens of all backgrounds to have diverse perspectives on important issues. Commissioner Rabhi is dedicated to engaging the citizens of the 11th district, including encouraging citizens to participate in his upcoming civic engagement forums. Please contact Commissioner Rabhi if you wish to attend.
Commissioner Rabhi is committed to providing a positive and efficient work environment for County staff. He recognizes that their expertise, experience and dedication will be essential as the County faces a troubling budget year ahead.
Local economies, much like the national and state economies, have fallen on hard times. Commissioner Rabhi believes that Washtenaw County must work to build a strong future with a resilient economy. He believes that investment in local businesses, reinvigorating local food production, boosting alternative energy generation, and ensuring that all citizens have an equal opportunity to succeed is critical to the continued success of Washtenaw County. Although the fiscal environment of today is turbulent, Commissioner Rabhi feels that through hard work and community partnerships, the future will be bright.
“As our community and government approach the looming challenges of 2011, I am confident that we will persevere. Growing up in this County, I have been consistently impressed with our resilience and dedication to success. Despair is not an option, we do not quit. Now is our time to rise and make the best of bad situation. Its times like these that bring out the best ideas and innovation. Its times like these that can change the world for the better.” - Commissioner Yousef Rabhi