Hopewell Era Ends; Anderson Elected Kalamazoo Mayor
After leading the city of Kalamazoo for a decade, Bobby Hopewell chose to not run again for mayor. So David Anderson was elected to the office on Tuesday.
Anderson, who was the vice-mayor, was endorsed by Hopewell. Anderson received 5,879 votes defeating David Benac (3,094), Estevan Juarez (558), and Corey Smith (373). In the ever-confusing Kalamazoo city election system, Patrese Griffin received the most votes of the commissioner candidates and will be Vice-Mayor. She will be joined on the commission by Jeanne Hess and Chris Praedel.
Anderson, Griffin and the rest of the new commissioners will be sworn in this coming Monday evening.
MLive reported that Anderson, in his remarks after the election results were announced, said he hoped to "do it with kindness". He said there he is inheriting a good foundation and hopes to build on that in his term as mayor.