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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? 

Uncertainty in Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act is leaving many Michigan consumers in the dark on how much they will paying for health coverage next year.

President Trump is threatening to withhold payments to insurance companies that help make coverage affordable for people who buy their own health insurance. More than 300 thousand people in Michigan buy their coverage on exchanges set up under Obamacare.

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The City of Grand Rapids is reopening two if its parks this week. Call it a nearly $1 million refreshing.

Grand Rapids Campau Park is now new and improved with the addition of a splashpad and new playground. That along with renovations to the restroom facility, walking path, drinking fountain, benches bike rack, trash cans and landscaping add up to $650,000 in improvements.

Carla A. Hills

Jul 11, 2017
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A celebration to commemorate President Gerald R Ford's 104th birthday is happening this week Ambassador Carla A. Hills will speak on Thursday. Hills served as Ford's Secretary of Housing and Urban Public Affairs and joins us this morning.

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