Kalamazoo And Battle Creek Election Results

Nov 7, 2017

Entrance to the polling place at WMU's Bernhard Center
Credit Andy Robins / WMUK

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell will keep that job for another two years. He got 6,028 votes to defeat two write-in challengers in Tuesday's election. City commissioners Erin Knott and Jack Urban won new four-year terms. And Eric Cunningham will rejoin the Kalamazoo City Commission, winning his first full term. Cunningham first served after he was appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2015 but failed to win the election later that year.

Correction: An earlier version of the story identified the wrong candidate in Battle Creek's Ward 1. 

In Battle Creek, Kaytee Faris, Susan Baldwin, and Sherry Sofia won the four at-large seats on the City Commission. The winners in the five ward races were John Griffin (Ward 1); Lynn Ward Gray (Ward 2); Kate Flores (Ward 3); Chris Simmons (Ward 4); and Dave Walters (Ward 5). Walters is currently Battle Creek's mayor. Commissioners will decide who will serve as mayor and vice-mayor for the new term after the election results are final.

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