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Jun 07

Get connected with the community - run for City Commission!

Posted on June 7, 2022 at 10:18 PM by Jessica VanderKolk

Dais, microphones, and chairs in Battle Creek city commission chambers

It's a local election year again, and these are hugely important positions on your election ballot!

If you are looking for a way to get more involved in your community, consider running for a seat on our Battle Creek City Commission! There are:

  • Mayor - One, directly elected on the ballot, must be City of Battle Creek registered voters
  • Ward commissioners - Five, represent neighbors in a specific geographic area, must be City of Battle Creek registered voters and live in the wards they wish to represent
  • At-large commissioners - Three, represent the entire city, must be City of Battle Creek registered voters

The sitting commission chooses the vice mayor among themselves. 

City Commissioners serve as a connection between neighbors who live in the city, and city staff. They meet twice a month, typically on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, at 7 p.m. They consider the city budget each year, city projects, development of all types, local ordinance changes, and much more. They learn about the many issues that involve a full-service city through packets of information prepared for each meeting; city staff work with them and answer questions along the way. The commission also holds workshops, extra meetings where they do not take action, but learn about and can ask questions about a particular issue.

Here are some numbers to help you plan a potential run for City Commission:

  • June 6, 2022 - Petition packets became available at the City Clerk's office, Room 111 at City Hall, 10 N. Division St.
  • 50-75 - The number of valid signatures required for ward candidates, from City of Battle Creek registered voters
  • 100-150 - The number of valid signatures required for mayor and at-large candidates, from City of Battle Creek registered voters
  • July 26, 2022 - Final deadline to return petitions to the City Clerk's office, by 4 p.m. - NOTE: We recommend returning petitions early, if possible, so candidates can seek additional signatures if any are found to be invalid.
  • Aug. 2 and Nov. 8, 2022 - primary and general elections, respectively

There is much more information here online at battlecreekmi.gov/elections. You can also call the City Clerk team at 269-966-3311. Stop by for a packet from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Whether or not you choose to run for a position on the City Commission, we urge you to vote in this year's elections! Check out michigan.gov/vote for voter registration information, polling place information, sample ballots when they are available, and more.