2020 KCDP endorsee – CHERI BELL

Oshtemo Township Trustee

KCDP endorsee Cheri Bell
KCDP endorsee Cheri Bell

A lifelong Oshtemo Charter Township resident, Cheri is the daughter of a 3rd generation farm family.  Her father stressed the importance of current events and voting throughout her childhood.  She credits her mother with encouraging her to seek higher education and independence. 

Cheri attended Mattawan Consolidated Schools, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and graduated from Western Michigan University with a BS in Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies. 

She and her husband Curtis have three children.  While her children were young Cheri began volunteering for non-profits and political campaigns.  It was these volunteer efforts that shaped her career and led her to desire to serve as an Oshtemo Charter Township Trustee.  

For four years she worked in Michigan politics and government, serving as the Constituent Service Director for Representative Robert B. Jones, and now Senator Sean McCann. While there she learned that seeking community and stakeholder input are key elements to addressing the problems at hand in order to arrive at collaborative solutions.  Cheri has extensive knowledge of both public and private resources and how to effectively build relationships with individuals and organizational leaders. 

Cheri has served on Oshtemo’s Parks Committee for ten years; eight years on the Zoning Board of Appeals, and two years on the Township’s Planning Commission.  She was appointed to the Oshtemo Township Board in January of 2019.  Since joining the Township Board, Cheri has continued to work to build a community that is a great place to live.