This article was last updated May 11, 2021.
This is a preview of the November 2 elections in Kalamazoo County.
The mayor and three seats on the Kalamazoo City Commission are up for election. The seven commissioners are Mayor David Anderson (on since 2005, mayor since 2019), Patrese Griffin (2019), Erin Knott (2015), Jack Urban (2013), Eric Cunningham (2017), Jeanne Hess (2019), and Chris Praedel (2019).
In 2014, Kalamazoo voters passed a charter amendment changing the charter by electing the mayor separately and implementing staggered four-year terms for the other seats (similar to the system Portage uses). In 2019, Griffin, Hess, and Praedel got four-year terms. The other three seats were up in 2017.
Mayor Anderson, a center-left democrat, is expected to run for reelection. He defeated David Benac, a Bernie Sanders fan, in 2019 and could face a challenge from the left this year.
Cunningham will not run again. It is unknown whether Knott or Urban will run again.
Other candidates will likely run.
Portage City Council
The mayor and three seats on the Portage City Council are up for election. Patricia Randall was elected mayor in 2017 after serving on the council since 2009. She was unopposed in 2019 and it is unknown whether she will be opposed this time.
The other councilmembers are Terry Urban (1997), Claudette Reid (2005), Jim Pearson (2011), Lori Knapp (2017), Chris Burns (2017), and Vic Ledbetter (2020).
The three seats up for 4-year terms are held Urban, Reid, and Knapp. It is unknown whether they will run for reelection, or whether other candidates will run.