Our Endorsed Candidates are:
Jacob Andrews – recent graduate of Western Michigan University and lifetime resident of Kalamazoo says “Growing up in a biracial, middle-class home, I understand what too many families are going through in Kalamazoo; needing to make the difficult decisions between paying their bills and feeding their families.”
Jacob says he is running for the city commission because solutions to Kalamazoo can be found within our community, the city commission needs inclusivity and fresh, innovative ideas to support families in our community. Kalamazoo needs more affordable housing, and if Kalamazoo wants to ensure a prosperous and equitable community, the community needs to trust its public safety and Jacob looks forward to fighting along-side activists addressing unfair policies and city ordinances that target marginalized communities.
Patrese Griffin – graduate of Hackett Catholic Central High School, current vice chair of the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan, artist, mother of three and wife of a community organizer. Raised on the Eastside of Kalamazoo and now calls the Northside home.
Griffin currently holds the commission seat left vacant when Shannon Sykes-Nehring resigned from the board in May. Commissioners selected Griffin from a pool of 15 candidates to fill the vacancy through the November election. Griffin says, “I understand this community and look forward being part of positive movement in this city, and believe in getting results through equity/education, accountability, and by listening to and lifting up community voices”.
Chris Praedel – born and raised in Kalamazoo, his roots run deep. Raised in the Spring Valley neighborhood, graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and Western Michigan University, earning a BA in Management. Chris was also an Eagle Scout from local Troop 205.
Chris says, “I’m running because I want to be part of creating a future, we can be proud. I’ve lived in Kalamazoo my entire life, and this is where my wife and I have always wanted to plant our roots and raise our family. We envision a city where every person can plant their feet firmly and build their bright future too.”
Praedel listed his top priorities as commissioner as “improving voter turnout, youth employment and programs, entrepreneurship incubation, creating vibrant neighborhoods and reducing homelessness.”Remember to check your voter registration and be prepared to VOTE November 5th.