To help our community members make informed choices in the upcoming election, we asked candidates running for important local, state, and national seats to participate in our Forum to help you get to know them better. Today, meet Veronica McKissack.
Focusing on diversifying decision-making and promoting equity through policy, Veronica McKissack is seeking election for Kalamazoo County Commissioner to represent District 5. In this role, Veronica’s main priorities would be to work with other elected commissioners to bring collaborative strategies maximizing County resources and accessibility to all County residents. She plans to accomplish these goals by “promoting transparency to reduce the culture of distrust within the County and bringing forth equitable policies that put County welfare over political agendas.” Veronica said, “I will promote accountability by demanding compliance with laws and regulations and impartially applying them to all departments.” Veronica also shared with us that her favorite book is “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou. A few of her favorite campaign songs include “Smile” by Kirk Franklin and “I Can’t Breathe” by H.E.R. Meet Veronica McKissack.
Kalamazoo County Commissioner
DISTRICT POSITION REPRESENTS
WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR RUNNING FOR OFFICE?
My motivation for running for the District 5 seat on the Kalamazoo County Commission is to diversify decision-making and promote equity through policy.
PLEASE LIST YOUR TOP PRIORITIES WITHIN THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS ELECTED OFFICE.
A County Commissioner promotes decisions that benefit public interest including budget and local policy. My top priorities will be to work with other elected Commissioners bringing collaborative strategies to maximize County resources and accessibility to all County residents.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH THESE GOALS WITHIN THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND RESTRICTIONS OF THE OFFICE?
By promoting transparency to reduce the culture of distrust within the County and bringing forth equitable policies that put County welfare over political agendas, I will promote accountability by demanding compliance with laws and regulations and impartially applying them to all departments.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY IF ELECTED?
I will support initiatives that will bring opportunities to utilize land and bring new jobs to our community.
FAVORITE CAMPAIGN SONGS
“Smile” by Kirk Franklin and “I Can’t Breathe” by H.E.R.
One of my favorite books is “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou.
Drama and Comedy. My favorite movie is “Life” starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.
My favorite food is seafood—crab legs to be specific.
The Primary will be held on August 4. The General Election will be held on November 3. Veronica McKissack is seeking this seat as a Democrat.