2020 KCDP endorsee – ZAC BAUER

Kalamazoo County Commissioner – District 2

2020 KCDP endorsee – Zac Bauer

Zac Bauer was appointed to the county Board of Commissioners last year.  He is now running for his first elected term in office. He lists his priorities as:

  • COVID-19 economic recovery.
  • Increase access to affordable housing.
  • Develop a long-term solution to flooding issues in downtown Kalamazoo.

Zac states, “A growing tax base is required for our community to thrive. We need to keep families in their homes and increase new home ownership. By leveraging federal and state funds, with local philanthropy, Kalamazoo County can help support small business development. Additionally, we need to have a county-wide workforce training plan for workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. To increase access to affordable housing, we need more affordable single-family homes and multiple family rentals. We must reauthorize and increase the homelessness millage to help support Low-Income Housing Tax Credits development, and explore low equity co-ops, collective housing models, and mixed-use development.

“Being of service to my District 2 residents is my number one priority. Whether it’s elevating Milwood residents’ concerns about the improvements to the airport, working with multiple jurisdictions to address the flooding….on Stockbridge and Crosstown, or balancing the budget, I have been there for District 2. A lot has changed since my appointment. Our community is struggling with the economic and social impact of COVID-19. The current and historical friction between law enforcement and Kalamazoo’s black communities continues to impassion our collective consciousness, while young black men and women are robbed of their lives.  

“Now is the time for hard-nosed, focused, clearheaded, and tested leadership. I will work to rebuild and stabilize the tax base that has been decimated by the pandemic, work to improve affordable housing stock in the City of Kalamazoo, and continue my efforts to address the flooding problem.

“As District 2 County Commissioner, I will continue to speak up on your behalf, raising your voices and your concerns so that together, we will make Kalamazoo an even better place to live.”