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Voters in West Michigan headed to the polls yesterday to vote on a number of proposals in both Kent and Muskegon Counties. In the City of Grand Rapids, voters re-elected Commissioner Senita Lenear for a second term. Originally elected to the city commission in 2014, Lenear held off challenger Kent Boersema and maintained her seat on the City Commission.

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Residents in a western Michigan county have voted against adopting a special tax to fund programs for children and families.

The millage question was on Tuesday's ballot in Muskegon County. Supporters had said the money could be used to prevent youth violence, provide after-school opportunities and offer employment help.

A committee would have made recommendations to county officials. Muskegon County court administrator Sandra Vanderhyde has said there are "gaps" in public services for people under 21. Muskegon County is northwest of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids City Commissioner Senita Lenear celebrated with campaign volunteers Tuesday night on the city’s south side with pizza and cake, after learning voters had re-elected her for another term in the city’s 3rd ward.

“I am extremely thankful and grateful that the 3rd ward decided to allow me the opportunity to serve as their commissioner for another four years,” Lenear said. “I will not disappoint. I will continue to work hard for them. And I will continue to make sure that all aspects of the 3rd ward and our needs are met at city hall,” she said.

Election Day: Here's what you need to know

Nov 7, 2017

Voters in West Michigan are heading to the polls today to cast their ballots on a number of proposals and elections. 

In the City of Grand Rapids, Commissioner Senita Lenear is hoping voters re-elect her in the city’s 3rd Ward. Originally elected to the city commission in 2014, Lenear faces challenger Kent Boersema, a political science and criminal justice graduate of Grand Valley State University.

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At a time when America is turning inward and nationalism is on the rise, what can Americans learn from Senator Arthur Vandenberg?

The Grand Rapids republican passed away nearly 70 years ago, but a new book by Hank Meijer shines the light on Vandenberg once again.

WGVU spoke with Meijer who explains how Vandenberg’s openness to change and bipartisan compromise helped to make America a world power.

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Political candidates could ask for a recount only if they have a reasonable chance of winning under legislation advancing in Michigan. The House approved the bill 98-10 Wednesday.

It's a response to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's recount request last year, even though she won just 1 percent of the vote.

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The Republic of Palau is an island nation on the frontline of geopolitical tensions in the western Pacific Ocean. Its President is a Grand Valley State University graduate. While visiting with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, he spoke with WGVU about his country’s role in dealing with the North Korean nuclear threat.

“When you’re small the effects of a hydrogen bomb doesn’t sit too well with any island resident.”

3 questions with the Candidate: Alan Greene

Oct 27, 2017

This November, voters in Muskegon will head to the polls and choose between four candidates running for two City Commission at Large seats. In anticipation of the election, this week, WGVU is profiling each candidate. 

Alan Green attended Grand Rapids Community College and is 61 years of age. A lifelong Muskegon resident, Green is seeking public office for the first time this election, and WGVU asked him three questions.

3 questions with the Candidate: Ken Johnson

Oct 26, 2017

This November, voters in Muskegon will head to the polls and choose between four candidates running for two City Commission at Large seats. In anticipation of the election, this week, WGVU is profiling each candidate. 

Commissioner Ken Johnson is a lifelong resident of the City of Muskegon, and a graduate of George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Originally elected in 2013, Johnson is seeking re-election as Muskegon City Commissioner at Large, and WGVU asked him 3 questions.

3 questions with the Candidate: Dan Sybenga

Oct 26, 2017

This November, voters in Muskegon will head to the polls and choose between four candidates running for two City Commission at Large seats. This week, WGVU is profiling each candidate in anticipation of the election.

Dan Sybenga is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Muskegon Community College. Originally elected to the city commission 4 years ago, Sybenga is seeking re-election as City Commissioner at Large in Muskegon.

WGVU asked Sybenga three questions.

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