Kalamazoo Voters Choose 53rd City Commission


On Tuesday, November 5, Kalamazoo voters elected three City Commissioners and, for the first time in more than a decade, a new mayor. The 53rd City Commission will take their oath of office on Monday, November 11 starting at 7pm. A reception will precede the ceremony starting at 4:30pm at City Hall. 

Mayor-elect David Anderson

Current City Commissioner David Anderson was elected to be Kalamazoo's next mayor. He will succeed Kalamazoo's Longest serving Mayor, Bobby J. Hopewell, who chose not to seek reelection. David Anderson is a graduate of Kalamazoo Central and Western Michigan University, and has been a city resident for over 30 years. He has been employed by Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services since 1982, where he currently serves as the Director of Housing and Facilities. Prior to joining KCMHSAS, Commissioner Anderson worked as a self-employed building contractor for over 20 years. In addition to serving on the City Commission, Commissioner Anderson serves as President of the LIFT Foundation and as Chairperson of the Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission. Commissioner Anderson is married to Cori Terry of Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, a Kalamazoo-based modern dance company located in the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo. David and Cori are the parents of four grown daughters, all of whom are graduates of Kalamazoo Central High School.

Vice Mayor-elect Patrese Griffin

Current City Commissioner Patrese Griffin was reelected and having received the most votes of all City Commission candidates, will serve the first two years of the four-year term as Vice Mayor. Patrese Griffin is a lifelong Kalamazoo resident and committed community activist. She has experience in property management, specifically managing single family, conventional, senior housing, subsidized housing, and housing for those with mental disabilities. Patrese also chairs or serves on many boards and commissions including the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan, Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo (SPK) organizing committee, Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT), Law and Separation Design Teams, Vibrant Kalamazoo Board, ISAAC Housing Task Force, Allocation and Accountability Team for Continuum of Care, Housing Resources Incorporated’s (HRI) Housing Equity Advisory Committee, and Southwest Michigan Regional Prosperity Initiative Community Development subcommittee.

City Commissioner-elect Chris Praedel

City Commissioner-elect Chris Praedel is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where he currently serves as the Director of Events. He has previously served as the board president of Kalamazoo Literacy Council and was appointed to the City of Kalamazoo's Blue-Ribbon Revenue Panel in 2015, which was tasked with exploring options for Kalamazoo's long-term financial stability. Commissioner-elect Praedel has also volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and offered two years of national service through AmeriCorps’s Teach for America program. This is the first time he has been elected to public office. 

City Commissioner-elect Jeanne Hess

City Commissioner-elect Jeanne Hess retired from Kalamazoo College earlier this year where she chaired the Department of Physical Education and was the head volleyball coach. She is the author of two books and has volunteered with the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Ministry with Community, Diaper Bank of Kalamazoo, Habitat for Humanity, and Kalamazoo Communities in Schools. While at Kalamazoo College, Commissioner-elect Hess was also involved in VISIONS, ERACCE, and Green Dot training. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and has not previously held public office. 

Mayor-elect Anderson, Vice Mayor-elect Griffin, and City Commissioners-elect Praedel and Hess will join current Commissioners Jack Urban, Erin Knott, and Eric Cunningham on Kalamazoo's 53rd City Commission. 

Full Election Results


City of Kalamazoo Introduces Online System for Vendors and Bidders

Businesses that provide or would like to provide products and services to the City of Kalamazoo can now take advantage of a new web-based system that makes it faster and easier to be notified of bid opportunities, view purchase orders, and more.

Join the Bidders List

pdf Registration/Eden Online Instructions (4.35 MB)

All currently registered vendors and bidders will receive a notice in the mail encouraging them to register in the new system by December 1, 2019. 

All businesses that currently work with the City of Kalamazoo, as well as any businesses that would like to be notified of future bid opportunities, are encouraged to register at www.kalamazoocity.org/purchasing. When registering, each business will be required to provide their contact information and the commodity codes that are applicable for their business (commodity codes are standard classification codes for products and services). When the City has bid opportunities, each business registered with the applicable commodity codes will be notified by email. Detailed registration instructions are available online.

“This system is more consistent with how organizations are doing business now and simplifies the process for business owners,” noted City of Kalamazoo Purchasing Manager, Michelle Emig. “We are committed to reaching as many businesses as possible, especially Kalamazoo-based businesses, so we are really encouraging everyone to sign up and have the opportunity to work with us.”

The system also allows businesses to easily keep their contact information up-to-date, and view purchase orders, invoices, and their bid history. The system will be expanded in the future to allow quotes to be submitted or updated online.

City staff has scheduled several opportunities to provide in-person assistance to business owners:  


1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Community Room (2nd Floor-City Hall)


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Community Room (2nd Floor-City Hall)


1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Community Room (2nd Floor-City Hall)


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Parks & Recreation Main Building


9:30 am – 11:30 am

Community Room (2nd Floor-City Hall)


8:30 am – 10:30 am

Community Room (2nd Floor-City Hall)

Businesses are encouraged to register online and explore opportunities to do business with the City of Kalamazoo.


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