Voters head to polls in Grand Rapids mayoral election and local proposals

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Grand Rapids' voters will head to the polls Tuesday to choose the city's first new mayor in more than a decade.

Four candidates are facing off in the primary election. They are Rosalynn Bliss, John George, Willard Lee and Robert Dean. If one of them gets more than 50% of the vote, they will be elected mayor. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters will go head-to-head in a run-off election in November.

Other issues up for a vote around West Michigan are:

KENT COUNTY

Grand Rapids Mayor (see above)

Kentwood - City Commissioner At-Large: Kevin Rex Heine, Steven Redmond, Thomas Webb

Comstock Park - Public Schools Operating Millage Renewal

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OTTAWA COUNTY

Hudsonville - Public Schools Bonding Proposal

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KALAMAZOO COUNTY

Central County Transportation Authority Proposal - Kalamazoo City, Parchment City, Portage City, Comstock Twp., Kalamazoo Twp., Oshtemo Twp.

Kalamazoo Charter Twp. - Proposal to renew authorized charter millage

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MUSKEGON COUNTY

Muskegon Central Dispatch 911 Millage Renewal

Muskegon - Public Schools millage proposal, building and site sinking fund tax levy

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VAN BUREN COUNTY

Hartford Township - Fire apparatus and equipment renewal & Road millage renewal

Decatur - Public School bonding proposal

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BERRIEN COUNTY

Niles Charter Township - Road Maintenance & Repair Special Millage

Berrien Springs Oronko Charter Township - Police Department Millage Renewal & Fire Department Levy Proposal

Watervliet Charter Twp. - Fire Millage

Buchanan District Library - Millage Proposal

Benton Harbor City - Mayor, City Commissioner at large

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CASS COUNTY

Cassopolis - Public Schools Bonding Proposal

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MASON COUNTY

West Shore Community College - Capital Improvement Millage Renewal

Mason County Eastern School District - Millage Renewal Proposal

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NEWAYGO COUNTY

West Shore Community College - Beaver and Troy Twp. - Capital Improvement Millage Renewal

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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY

Mendon Township - Fire & Municipal Building Millage

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For links to races in these counties, click on each one individually Kalamazoo, Berrien, Cass, Eaton, and Van Buren .

For more  around West Michigan, click here.

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2 comments

    • T.W.

      Yes, we do. We need to exclude anyone who is not a citizen from voting. Not just make it illegal, but make it felony voting fraud to even attempt to vote if you are anything but a valid voter. That means stricter controls and identification requirements at the polling places.

      It is not rules which have caused low voter turnout. It is public apathy caused by government corruption which has caused voter turnout in the US to be so low.