First of all, here is the link to the Gazette's online election guide.
Kalamazoo City Commission: Questions and answers
The link to question 3, on the ordinance, originally directed readers to another question, but this has since been fixed.
Perusing the responses of the candidates, we find the following.
Kai Phillips: The candidate’s answer could not be published as submitted.It's anyone's guess what this somewhat cryptic statement means. This is the only answer from any candidate to any question to have such a disclaimer.
It was reported in the Western Herald that candidate Nicholas Boyd opposes the ordinance.
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Aaron Davis, Nicholas Boyd and Kai Phillips oppose it.But what does the Gazette guide report?
“I’ll be voting no, even though I’m happy that it is on the ballot,” Boyd said. “It’s more important to focus on the budget and try and stem the job loss.”Davis was even more adamant about the ordinance.
“I don’t think men should be able to go in the women’s bathroom,” Davis said, adding even more questions about the ordinance.
“Nobody’s ever been pulled over for being gay in Kalamazoo.”
Nicholas Boyd: I fully support this ordinance and am actively helping the One Kalamazoo campaign. One side of the issue that is often neglected is the effect on youth. I personally know gay, lesbian, and transgender teenagers — right here in Kalamazoo — who have been kicked out of their homes by their parents. This ordinance would help to keep them from becoming homeless.This is the exact same answer given for Kyle Boyer, the candidate directly below, strongly suggesting that the Gazette simply copied his answer into the wrong position.
The Gazette did manage to report Aaron Davis' answer opposing the ordinance.
Was this just the usual sloppiness, or is is something more?