Jeanne Hess Bio2021-12-06T01:15:00+00:00
Jeanne Hess

Jeanne Hess Your City Commissioner

Wow! Do more of what you love and feel great

I am running for the Kalamazoo City Commission because I believe that we need an elected offcicial that brings residents and elected officials together.
I’ve coached sports teams and taught physical health education in Kalamazoo for over 30 years. Throughout my time here, I began to notice deep divisions in our community. I met students, residents, and professors that encouraged me to think critically of the issues our great city faces.
From generational, socioeconomic inequity to environmental and food-based insecurity, our city agrees that there are complex issues we need to address. What’s more, I believe we have the resources that we need to address these issues; however, we lack the will to work together.
As a coach, it was my job to bring people from different backgrounds and perspectives together to achieve goals and grow as a team. With that said, I feel that this is what our city commission needs. Our commission needs someone that will encourage commissioners and elected officials to listen to the needs of our residents and work together to serve all the people of Kalamazoo. We can not sit by and let national politics further divide us. It is our responsibility to show neighboring counties and communities that together everyone achieves more!


Our Progress

As a team, we must come together and embrace race-related conversations that allow us to have a deeper understanding of the wealth gap in our communities. Communication and

Our Master Plan

We will move our city forward by continuing the work of Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo, the Foundation for Excellence, and Imagine Kalamazoo 2025. Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo, the

A Quality Education

We will maximize the Kalamazoo Promise Fund if as a team, we come together to improve the quality of the education our K-12 students. - Additional funding

Transforming our Health

We must transform our standard for quality health care. As we work together, we can provide our neighborhoods with the resources they need to provide sustainable

Growth and Construction

We must utilize our partnership with Southwest Michigan First, entrepreneurs, and other incubators to attract successful businesses that encourage WMU, KVCC, and K College alumni to

Housing for All

We must encourage our city employees to develop strategies that guarantee affordable and sustainable housing for all residents. Housing First Task Force ISAAC

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