Several Battle Creek City Commission candidates mingled with a handful of people on Tuesday at McCamly Plaza Hotel’ s Branson Ballroom.  It was the “Party Politics” event, sponsored by the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President Kara Beer, said it’s the fourth year for the event, and even though they want to know about the candidate’s views on helping businesses in Battle Creek, anybody in the community was invited come out.




Twelve candidates will run in the November election, and there are really only three races: At large incumbents Mark Behnke, Susan Baldwin, and Andy Hemboldt will see competition from Bob Rumsey and Kaytee Ferris.

In Ward 2, Vice Mayor Lynn Ward Gray is running against Leonard Davidson, who is self-employed in maintenance and home repairs. He also is a volunteer at Washington Heights United Methodist Church.

In Ward 3, Commissioner Dean Newsome is running against Kate Flores, who works as a consultant for nonprofit organizations, immigrant rights and program development.  She is running for public office for the first time.