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Kalamazoo County Commission District 6

Brady Township precincts 1, 2Comstock Township precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Pavilion Township precincts 1, 2, 3Townships of Climax, WakeshmaVillage of ClimaxThe 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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    Anthony Bates
    (Dem)

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    John Gisler
    (Rep)

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 50
Occupation / Current Position Business Owner
Education B.S., MA
Experience & Qualifications I have run for Country Commissioner before. I currently am the President of the Lawrence Memorial Library Board, Chair of the Climax Township Board of Appeals, and sit on the Climax Township Road Committee.
Campaign Phone 269-366-6564
In District 6 I have been working to expand rural broadband, a much needed infrastructure. The pandemic showed the weakness created from a lack of internet to the rural school districts. Seeing kids in cars parked outside schools or libraries to use the WiFi to do schoolwork is hard to watch. Internet is important, not only for school, but for businesses, farmers, and the elderly. I will continue to work in the district to get broadband expanded.
As a former educator, and the child of two educators, I will always promote education. Education is the foundation needed to create an equitable and engaged community. Getting information out to the public and sharing knowledge is important. The opportunities are there, we just need to make sure everyone knows how to find it.
Everyone has heard about PFAS, that is the biggest issue in Kalamazoo County at the moment. The county needs to continue with testing water and working on more ways to prevent PFAS from getting into our drinking water.
This has been an issue for far too long in Kalamazoo County. The county and the cities are far behind in what can be considered affordable housing. The county is 7,000 units behind and are not catching up fast enough. To put it briefly, the county needs to reach out to members of the community to begin building homes and apartments through charity work and donations. Work with the state and federal government on retaining grants to offset costs for renters and first time home buyers. If the county can catch up to the demand then prices will begin to drop.
Age 78
Occupation / Current Position County Commissioner - South County
Education AB Wabash College - Zoology/Chemistry. MBA Syracuse University - Finance
Experience & Qualifications County Commissioner - first elected in 2010. Extensive business experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
Campaign Phone 269-323-0259
Campaign Email jgisler5@comcast.net
I will scrutinize every expenditure of taxpayer dollars. I will seek to limit government intrusion into our daily lives and encourage policies that promote personal responsibility and individual liberty.

My years as a manager with budget responsibility and my MBA in Finance will enable me to keep Kalamazoo one of the most fiscally sound counties in the state.

I will promote policies and programs that encourage each citizen to succeed in whatever endeavors they undertake based on their own initiatives rather than dependence on government. If each of us prospers, our entire community will prosper.
Our county continues to deal with extensive flooding. While lessened in the last year, water will continue to be a challenge to many of our neighborhoods.

PFAs will continue to be an environmental issue for our county. As PFAs continues to be better understood, we need to be prepared to respond appropriately to protect our citizens.
The United States is the wealthiest and most prosperous country in history. Every citizen should have a decent roof over their head.

We’re not there yet, but as a county, Kalamazoo is moving in the right direction. The passage of the Housing Millage is a step forward. Funding is now available to meet this challenge.

The county commission is currently evaluating proposed projects that will yield more affordable housing in the coming years.