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When Kalamazoo voters head to the polls next week, the ballot will look a little different than it did two years ago. 

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This is a special year for Kalamazoo city elections. That’s because in 2014, Kalamazoo voters changed how they're done. Voters will now elect a mayor directly. And commissioners will serve four-year, staggered terms. This year’s election is unique, a transition from the old system to the new one. They're the biggest changes Kalamazoo has made to its city elections in nearly a century.


Voters in Kalamazoo will elect seven members to the city commission next week. Under a new format, the vote for mayor is separate from the other six city commissioners. WMUK’s Gordon Evans spoke with both men running for Mayor of Kalamazoo


Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell says much has been done since he was first elected to the City Commission in 2003. But he says there is still a lot of work to do. 

"KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo City Commission on Monday passed a resolution supporting a new tax that would raise funds to help 600 homeless families in Kalamazoo County." (Kalamazoo Gazette)