Portage city Council

Portage City Hall - file photo

While Portage voters were electing leaders Tuesday, the city manager was getting a vote of confidence. 

Andy Robins / WMUK

On November 7, voters in the City of Portage will select a new mayor and fill three seats on the City Council. WMUK invited the candidates to speak at a public forum at the Portage District Library on Wednesday, October 4, in cooperation with the Institute for Government and Politics at Western Michigan University's Department of Political Science.

City of Portage

Portage Mayor Peter Strazdas says he won't run again this fall.  Meanwhile a member of the city council has announced she's running for mayor. 


Kalamazoo Vice-Mayor Don Cooney says the city should seriously consider putting an income tax proposal before voters.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Portage City Council has made it illegal within the city to withhold housing, a job or everyday services like health care because of someone’s sexual orientation or the way they present their gender. Six council members voted for the ordinance and one against at a meeting Tuesday evening.