politics

West Michigan Republican congressman are denouncing President Donald Trump for his remarks during a Tuesday news conference at Trump Tower for his reverting back to blaming "both sides" for the violence between white supremacists and counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After serving 8 years as Grand Rapids City Manager, Greg Sundstrom announced he will be retiring at the end of this year. Sundstrom penned an official letter to Mayor Rosalynn Bliss saying he would not seek a new contract after his current one expires on December 31st. While the contract as city manager is on a year by year basis, Sundstrom’s 8 years of service makes him will be the City’s third-longest serving City Manager. He says seeing Grand Rapids through the recession is what he is most proud of during his tenure.

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What is the best way to provide the highest quality and affordable health care to Americans? That was one of the questions posed by Kent County Democrats during a town hall meeting.

The Kent County Democratic Party hosted a town hall meeting at Grand Rapids’ Fountain Street Church Wednesday evening hosted by State Representative Winnie Brinks.

Grand Rapids 1st ward has a new city commissioner. Kurt Reppart, the executive director of The Other Way Ministries won the election Tuesday night with unofficially 52 percent of the vote, beating out former city attorney Catherine Mish and Christine Mullan, a social worker. Reppart, who had the support of the City Commission and Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, is taking the seat vacated by Commissioner Dave Shaffer, who could not seek re-election due to term limits.

3 Questions with the Candidate: Christine Mullan

Aug 4, 2017

Next Tuesday voters will head to the polls, as the Grand Rapids City Commission is holding two primaries in the 1st and 2nd ward. This week, WGVU is profiling the six candidates running for those two Commission seats.

Christine Mullan is a social worker, community organizer and mother. Mullan is running for City Commissioner in Grand Rapids 1st Ward, and WGVU asked Mullan three questions:

3 Questions with the Candidate: Joe Jones

Aug 4, 2017

Tomorrow, Kent County voters will head to the polls, as the Grand Rapids City Commission is holding two primaries in the 1st and 2nd ward. This week, WGVU is profiling the six candidates running for those two Commission seats. 

Joe Jones is the President and CEO of the Grand Rapids Urban League, and is currently the City Commissioner in Grand Rapids 2nd Ward. Jones is seeking re-election and a second term as commissioner, and WGVU asked Jones three questions: 

3 Questions with the Candidate: Catherine Mish

Aug 3, 2017

Next Tuesday voters will head to the polls, as the Grand Rapids City Commission is holding two primaries in the 1st and 2nd ward. This week, WGVU is profiling the six candidates running for those two Commission seats.

Catherine Mish is a practicing attorney in Grand Rapids and is running for City Commissioner in the city’s 1st Ward. WGVU asked Mish three questions.

Why are you running for City Commission? What issues facing Grand Rapids are most important to you personally, and if elected, what can the 2nd Ward and the City of Grand Rapids expect under your leadership?

3 Questions with the Candidate: Kurt Reppart

Aug 3, 2017

Next Tuesday voters will head to the polls, as the Grand Rapids City Commission is holding two primaries in the 1st and 2nd ward. This week, WGVU is profiling the six candidates running for those two Commission seats.

Kurt Reppart is the Executive Director at The Other Way Ministries, a Christian community development organization providing a number of services to the Grand Rapids Westtown neighborhood. Reppart is running for Commissioner in the city’s 1st Ward, and WGVU asked Reppart three questions:

3 Questions with the Candidate: Tami VandenBerg

Aug 2, 2017

Next Tuesday voters will head to the polls, as the Grand Rapids City Commission is holding two primaries in the 1st and 2nd ward. This week, WGVU is profiling the six candidates running for those two Commission seats. Tami VandenBerg is the Director of the Well House, a non-profit that provides affordable housing to the homeless. She is also the co-owner of performance venue ‘The Pyramid Scheme’ as well as local tavern ‘The Meanwhile Bar.'

VandenBerg is running for Commissioner in the city’s 2nd Ward WGVU asked VandenBerg three questions.

3 Questions with the Candidate: Michael Farage

Aug 2, 2017

Next Tuesday voters will head to the polls, as the Grand Rapids City Commission is holding two primaries in the 1st and 2nd ward. This week, WGVU is profiling the six candidates running for those two Commission seats.

Michael Farage is the President of the Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association and is running for Commissioner in the city’s 2nd Ward. WGVU asked Farrage three questions. 

Why are you running for City Commission? 

What issues facing Grand Rapids are most important to you personally? 

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