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Kalamazoo County Commission District 1

Kalamazoo City precincts 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 27Kalamazoo Township precincts 2, 8, 9, 10The Board of Commissioners is the legislative policy-making branch of Kalamazoo County Government. The Board is responsible to the citizens for development and administration of policies and the annual budget. The Board has 9 members who are elected from districts according to population.Term: 2 years

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    Tami Rey

Biographical Information

What specifically will you do as a Commissioner to improve the quality of life for residents of your District? How will your talents and skills enable you to succeed in these efforts?

What policies and programs will you promote to enhance citizen equity and engagement in the wellbeing of our communities and the democratic process?

What are the two most significant environmental concerns in the County? What should the County do to address each of them?

Are you satisfied with the County’s progress in assuring affordable housing for residents? Why or why not? What more needs to be done?

Age 35
Occupation / Current Position Kalamazoo County Commissioner & Community Engagement Coordinator for CRADLE Kalamazoo
Education Associates Degree
Experience & Qualifications Current Kalamazoo County Commissioner, Former vice Chair, Chaired the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Hiring Committee Chair of the City of Kalamazoo's CDAAC committee, Co-Chair ISAAC Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission, Appointed by Gov Whitmer to Michigan Community Service Community service commission
Campaign Phone 2693298512
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I’m proud of my work on the county commission during my first term. While having the opportunity to serve as the Vice Chair of the County Commission, advocating for an improved quality of life for the residents of my district stayed at the forefront. I’ve prioritized launching the historic Kalamazoo City and County collaboration to reduce gun violence, prioritized affordable housing, advocated for increased wage increases and will continue to do that work. My previous roles and positions have prepared me to build strong coalitions by first listening, drafting policy, and then seeking responses to the proposed solutions.
During my first term I was intentional about creating processes to hear from the community before making major decisions that would ultimately impact them. This was done through various community listening sessions for example the full commission hosted a community listening session on affordable housing and community violence prior to making decisions on how the money allocated to these issues would be spent. Prioritizing community voice and promoting equity and community engagement will remain important to me.
Two of the most significant environmental concerns in the county are air quality concerns and exposure to lead. In District 1 residents have lived with poor air quality and noxious gas odors from water treatment and industrial sites located near residential homes. County environmental health must continue to work to resolve this quality of life issue in collaboration with industry and the city water system. Older homes are often filled with lead paint that impacts the development of kids in our community. Families need support to ensure lead exposure is reduced and this will be a budget priority for me.
In 2020 voters in Kalamazoo County passed the historic “homes for all millage”, while serving on the commission, I have worked tirelessly to evaluate proposals to increase the affordable housing stock in Kalamazoo and to get the funding out into in the community. There are still many areas of need as it relates to safe, decent, and affordable housing in the county and we are working to find solutions daily. I strongly believe that the county could work harder to prioritize and find solutions for our houseless folks living in encampments and out on the streets.