They still would've had an African American and Latina actor. I absolutely believe in diversity, but I don't know that VOY needed Kim. I agree Kes wasn't always used to her best, but I don't think she could've been any worse than the boring uselessness of Harry. At least over her three years Kes got some real stand out moments, and I loved just seeing her in small supporting role even when the focus wasn't on her. I'm clearly biased toward Kes, but at least I admit it
I'd been ok with getting rid of Neelix instead of Kes or Harry if that helps.
If "Before & After" was going to be her future, then she was going to be just as boring. Sorry.
Plus if Kes stayed, Janeway & B'lenna were predicted to die.