Decision 2018 Primary Election Coverage: Bradley Slagh

Jul 19, 2018

Bradley Slagh is a Hope College graduate, private banker and the current Treasurer of Ottawa County. He says his experience in both the private sector and in public service makes him uniquely qualified to be the next State Representative in Michigan’s 90th District.

Republican Orlando J. Estrada is running to be the next State Representative in Michigan’s 90th District.

Orlando Estrada has been a precinct delegate of the Republican Party since 2010 and is a Holland, Michigan native. He says if elected, he would focus his attention on Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance and the state income tax.

Twin sisters from western Michigan are running for county commissioner seats, but they aren't endorsing one another.

Monica Sparks is running as a Democrat for Kent County's 12th district seat while her Republican sister, Jessica Ann Tyson, hopes to represent the 13th district.

Tyson's decision to run inspired her sister to launch her own campaign. The sisters say they don't clash on the issues but that they'll remain loyal to their parties and endorse each other's opponents.

Decision 2018 Primary Election Coverage: Jim Lilly

Jul 16, 2018


Incumbent and Republican Jim Lilly is a West Michigan native and commercial banker. Running for re-election as State Representative in Michigan’s 89th district, Lilly says, Michigan "deserves a state government that is efficient and accountable for results."


WGVU’s Decision 2018 Primary Election Coverage begins today as we hear from the candidates running for State legislature and United States Congress in the districts representing West Michigan.

Beverly Zimmerman is a current Holland, Michian resident and candidate for state representative in Michigan’s 89th District. She says, after being frustrated with the state of the Republican Party from top to bottom, she felt compelled to run for office to bring about real change.

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Libertarian Party of Michigan

Michigan’s Libertarian gubernatorial candidates squared off last night during a debate held at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business in downtown Grand Rapids. WGVU spoke with the candidates.

John Tatar has been an active member of the Libertarian Party for nearly four decades. The 69-year old is a small business owner and served in the U.S. army. Tatar has also run for State Representative and U.S. Congress. Now, he’s running for governor. His message to Michigan voters?


The Grand Rapids City Commission has once again begun the process of finding former City Manager Greg Sundstrom’s replacement. Last February, after a week of interviews and a public forum, the commission ultimately passed on three finalists for the job, opting instead to start the search completely over.

After touring Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids Thursday morning and meeting children who have been separated from their parents at the US/Mexico border, four members of Congress called for new legislation that prohibits the separation of families seeking asylum in the United States.

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A state elections board has complied with a court order to place a question on the November ballot.  It would change how congressional and legislative district boundaries are drawn.

A jubilant crowd broke out in cheers as the Board of State Canvassers voted to put the Voters Not Politicians question on the November ballot.  Voters Not Politicians leader Katie Fahey says the group has already started voter outreach efforts.

Three candidates hoping to be the next Governor of Michigan squared off at the Democratic gubernatorial debate in Grand Rapids Wednesday evening.

Former state Senate minority leader Gretchen Whitmer, businessman Shri Thanedar and former Detroit Health Department Executive Director Dr. Abdul El-Sayed all met in Grand Rapids Wednesday evening. Straight out of the gates, all three candidates voiced their opposition to the country’s current immigration policies.