KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — David Anderson will be the next mayor of Kalamazoo.
Anderson, who has been a city commissioner for 14 years, claimed victory over three opponents shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday.
“We have a foundation on the ground. We’re not starting from scratch. We are building on that foundation,” the mayor-elect told supporters Tuesday night. “The theme of this campaign is building a Kalamazoo that leaves no one behind.”
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Anderson will take over for longtime Mayor Bobby Hopewell, who did not seek reelection.
The other mayoral candidates were Western Michigan University professor Dr. David Benac, Outreach Urban Alliance Director Esteven Juarez and local football and basketball coach Corey Smith.
In the race to fill three spots on the Kalamazoo City Commission, Patrese Griffin, Chris Praedel and Jeanne Hess earned the most votes of the eight candidates running.
The number of absentee ballots cast increased about 38% compared with 2017, a similar election. This was the first November election since a statewide ballot proposal passed allowing anyone to obtain an absentee ballot without reason.
The mayor-elect and new commissioners will be sworn in Monday.
—News 8’s Kyle Mitchell contributed to this report.