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Election Tuesday in West Michigan: Who's running and what's at stake

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A number of mayor races across the region, proposals and a State Senate race highlight the ballot.

Voters in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties will head to the polls on Tuesday to consider a number of special elections and proposals in the area.

Beginning in Muskegon, where the race for Mayor will be decided Tuesday. Incumbent and current Mayor Steve Gawron faces challenger and former City Commissioner Ken Johnson, who vacated his seat on the commission to run for Mayor. Meanwhile, four candidates will by vying for two seats on the commission. Three of those are newcomers, only Commissioner Dan Sybenga is running for re-election.

Muskegon voters will also consider Tuesday an amendment to the city’s charter that would remove all gender specific language. Grand Haven voters will consider the same.

A number of mayor races to watch along the Lakeshore including Whitehall, Norton Shores, Ferrysburg, and Grand Haven, while in Ottawa County, voters will elect a Mayor in Zeeland, Hudsonville, Coopersville, and Holland.

To Kent County now, where the biggest race will be for State Senator in Michigan’s 28th District. Current State Representative Mark Huizinga, a Republican and the former Mayor of Walker, takes on Democrat Keith Courtade, Theodore Gerrard with the U.S. Taxpayers Party and Libertarian Alex Avery,

In Kentwood another interesting race, as current City Commissioner Emily Bridson is looking to replace current Mayor Stephen Kepley.

Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm. WGVU’ will be monitoring these and other races Tuesday evening, and will bring you a full list of winners on Wednesday morning.