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Family, friends and fellow lawmakers gathered in Grand Rapids to honor the life and mourn the passing of former U.S. Representative Vern Ehlers at the Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. Ehlers served as the representative of Michigan's Third District for nearly two decades, from 1993 until January 2011. Prior to his career in Congress, Ehlers served four terms as a Kent County Board Commissioner, spent two years serving in Michigan’s House and eight years in the state Senate. 

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of late former U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers. A service in Ehler's honor will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. He died Aug. 15.

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga hosts town hall in Muskegon

Aug 24, 2017
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U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga hosted a town hall Wednesday evening in Muskegon, answering a number of questions from a somewhat contentious crowd. Addressing a mostly full auditorium at Orchard View High School, Congressman Bill Huizenga answered a number of questions for roughly an hour and half. The majority of the questions focused mainly on Huizenga’s support of repealing the Affordable Care Act, and his support of President Donald Trump on a number of issues.

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 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?

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