The open 5th district seat on the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners has attracted two experienced candidates. David Worthams is running as a Republican, and Julie Rogers is running as a democrat.
David Worthams of Kalamazoo Township announces candidacy for the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners
Julie Rogers announces candidacy for the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners
Both candidates have lost two previous runs for office, though performing better than expected. Worthams lost bids for county commission in 2000 and 2003 (he got 45% in a special election). Rogers lost two bids for 61st district state rep. in 2006 and 2008, receiving 48% and 49% of the vote respectively in two good years for democrats.
The new 5th contains Alamo, Oshtemo 1,2,3,6,9 and Kalamazoo Township 3,6,9. It is normally about 55% Republican. Thus while the race may be competitive, Worthams starts with a definite advantage.
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