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.

3 Questions with the Candidate: Kent Boersema

Oct 18, 2017

Grand Rapids voters will head to the polls this November as two candidates are running for City Commission in the 3rd Ward. In anticipation of the election, this week WGVU is highlighting those two candidates. Kent Boersema graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in political science and criminal justice. 

A lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, Boersema currently is the site supervisor for Securitas Security Services USA.

Boersema is running for City Commission in Grand Rapids 3rd Ward, and WGVU’s Daniel Boothe asked him 3 questions.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel found it "ironic" that students who voted for President Donald Trump felt shunned on campus after the 2016 election.

Schlissel also wrote last year that he was "torn" about recommending appointees for the new administration. He said, "I can't imagine lending one's name to a Trump administration."

The remarks were in emails released Wednesday by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Flint voters have approved updating the city's 43-year-old charter with changes including stronger ethics standards and a requirement to create a water bill assistance plan. The Flint Journal reports preliminary results showed the proposed charter was approved, with about 64 percent in support.

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: 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?

Republicans won 22 seats in Congress more than they should, and gerrymandering is to blame. That’s according to a new study analyzed by the Associated Press. The study also concluded that Michigan is one of the states where gerrymandering had the greatest influence in last November’s election. Gerrymandering’ means to manipulate the boundaries of a district in order to favor a political party or class. 

Republican and Democrat logos

Names and logos of political parties no longer would be allowed on election ballots under two bills approved by Michigan's state House.

The legislation passed Thursday in Lansing and now heads to the GOP-controlled state Senate.

Opponents of the current bills say party logos are necessary to help some voters identify the political parties of candidates appearing on election ballots.

The two bills are sponsored by Republican Reps. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville and Edward Canfield of Sebewaing.

Election polling station sign
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It was a three candidate race in Michigan’s 73rd district, but the Republican incumbent, Rep. Chris Afendoulis, was the clear winner with 64 percent of the vote over Democrat Deb Havens, The Grand Rapids small business co-owner and Certified Public Accountant says he’s helped to improve wages and he’s looking forward to working with his Senate partners and the Governor over the next two years.