MI List Endorses: Julie Rogers
5th County Commission District/Kalamazoo County
A Kalamazoo Township resident, Julie was born and raised in the greater Kalamazoo area. She graduated from both Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center and Mattawan High School. Julie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master's degree of Physical Therapy at Marquette University. Julie is married to Ed Orloff, DPT, who practices physical therapy at Borgess Spine.
For the past five years, Julie has served as an appointed member of the Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board. She is a leader for responsible environmental cleanup. Julie has rehabilitated contaminated properties to foster economic growth. While serving as chairperson, she assisted with business development while creating or maintaining over 500 jobs in Kalamazoo County. Her work on the Kalamazoo County Economic Development Corporation has broadened her understanding of the economic needs of Kalamazoo.
From the beginning of her professional career, Julie Rogers has been actively engaged in politics, particularly in health care. For over 12 years, she has fought hard for the rights of Michigan’s citizens by advocating for adequate Medicare coverage. In 2007, as the Michigan Physical Therapy Federal Affairs Liaison, she met with Congressman Fred Upton and Senator Debbie Stabenow achieving personal endorsements for a bill to maintain Medicare benefits.
Julie practices outpatient physical therapy at Borgess Health and helps Kalamazoo-area residents with many different musculoskeletal problems. She specializes in spine care and has an advanced certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from McKenzie Institute International. Julie is committed to improving the health of her community.
About the District
Kalamazoo County has been redistricted for 2012 and the 5th is a tossup district, highly competitive with no incumbent running. The 5th district is made up of Alamo Township and parts of Kalamazoo Township and Oshtemo Township. Currently, only 2 out of 17 Commissioners are women.
Julie Rogers has an excellent chance of winning because she has very good name recognition. She ran for State Representative in 2008 in this area and received 49% of the vote. Because of her strong grass roots effort, she has walked many of these neighborhoods over 4 times and families remember her commitment to improving the health of the community.
Additionally, Rogers has already been working to retain employers and attract new ones to Kalamazoo. Her 5 years of service on the Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development Corporation demonstrates her commitment to job growth. She is committed to consensus building and working in a bipartisan fashion to move her community forward.