KALAMAZOO, MI — From former Kalamazoo mayor Bobby Hopewell to organizations like Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, community leaders and groups are endorsing candidates in the run for Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education.
Incumbents Patti Sholler-Barber, TiAnna Harrison and Jason Morris are campaigning for another six-year term on the seven-member board while Marshall Kilgore and Megan Maddock are trying to win two of those seats in the Nov. 3 general election.
Voters will also decide a two-year partial term on the school board. Incumbent Ken Greschak is running unopposed for that seat.
The three incumbents are campaigning together, with many yard signs and mailers encouraging residents to “vote for experience.”
Sholler-Barber, 71, was first elected to the school board in 2006 and currently serves as president. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and certifications from WMU.
Harrison, 43, first joined the school board as a 2014 appointment and is currently serving as vice president. She is a graduate of the district and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She also attended Western Michigan University (WMU).
Morris, 43, was appointed in 2018 to fill the remaining term of Trustee Lauren Freedman, who resigned because she was leaving the state. He works at the Bureau of Finance and Accounting Overpayment Verification. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from WMU and a marketing/Spanish high school diploma from Loy Norrix High School.
Former Kalamazoo mayor Bobby Hopewell endorsed Sholler-Barber, Harrison and Morris together.
“These are three amazing people who care so much about our children, our educators and our schools,” Hopewell wrote in a Facebook post. “I can’t begin to tell you all of the hard work they’ve done together to help our children to achieve success in their lives as they take on the promise of Kalamazoo. I support