2020 KCDP endorsee – JULIE ROGERS

State of Michigan House of Representatives – District 60

2020 KCDP endorsee – Julie Rogers

Julie Rogers has a long history of serving the Kalamazoo community, and is currently serving her fourth term on the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners.  Julie has been a member of the National Association of Counties Health Steering Committee for six years and has served as its past Vice Chair.  She is a practicing physical therapist at Ascension Borgess Hospital and serves on its Diversity Council.

Julie’s priorities are:

1: ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

She believes that health care is a right, and that everyone should have access to treatment, affordable medication, and mental health care.  She pledges to work to protect and enhance Healthy Michigan, which provides access to health coverage for more than 500,000 Michiganders under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. 

2: PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT 

Rogers has worked to clean up and rehabilitate contaminated properties in ways that create jobs and foster economic growth.  As a County Commissioner she championed the county’s first sustainability policy and saw it implemented as a permanent part of the annual budget. 

3: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Julie believes that in order to be tough on crime, it is essential to be serious about justice for everyone.  She supports keeping non-violent offenders out of the prison system, thus allowing them to remain productive members of society, while freeing up resources for law enforcement. As a County Commissioner she helped procure a MacArthur Family Foundation grant to reduce the number of young adults in our county jail.  She worked to re-establish the Kalamazoo Criminal Justice Council, which focuses on reducing incarceration.

4: HUMAN RIGHTS

Rogers is a supporter of human rights and pledges to fight against the divisive policies that weaken us.  She states, “Whether it’s achieving equal pay for women, ending over-policing in communities of color, amending the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections for LGBTQ+ citizens, or improving access to a safe and modern education for every Michigan student, there is a lot of work to do and I am ready to do it.”