Political parties? Who needs 'em? Ann Arbor politicians mainly: Ann Arbor today is about 75% "progressive"* Democratic voters. And so the real (as in actual) election for city council and mayor is the Democratic Party primary election in August. This process is dominated by a small group of politicos and their followers who dominate the process. And so we end up with the mayor's race and most of the council races giving the voter the choice of voting for the only candidate on the ballot (the Democratic Party primary winner) or a to write in a name. Some choice. We might as well be in East Germany circa 1962 for all our elections matter.
* That's their term for what they are. In fact they are the status quo establishment.