Kalamazoo breaks records with Mayor Bobby Hopewell's election


KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A number of West Michigan cities voted on mayors and commissioners at the polls Tuesday.

In Kalamazoo, Bobby Hopewell becomes the first ever mayor to be elected to a 6th consecutive term. He was challenged in this election by two write-in candidates.

The mayor tells Newschannel 3 he has a lot of work to do this term, including starting the budget process and working on the foundation for excellence.

"We have a lot of opportunities to move the work of our city forward through our strategic vision that 3,500 individuals in this community came together to develop over a 15-month period and that's what I'm focusing on, their work that they've asked us to do and I'm excited about that,” said Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell.

Meanwhile in Portage, long-time City Councilwoman Patricia Randall defeated Mayor Pro-tem Nasim Ansari, with 55 percent of the vote, to become the new mayor. It was a very tight race; Patricia Randall won by just a couple hundred votes.

Observers say a record amount of cash was spent in this race, with Randall raising more than $28,000. She out raised and out spent Ansari by roughly $18,000.

Randall tells us she's excited for a change in the city and hopes to get to work right away.

“I'm all about change, I embrace it. I think we can always do better. I never accept the status quo and I'm very excited about this opportunity,” said mayor elect Patricia Randall.

Randall says one of the first things she plans to address is the Portage Senior Center. She hopes to use private funding to expand it.

For a full list of election results, visit here.

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