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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The polls have officially closed for the November 2017 election in Michigan.
City commission candidates, operating millages and school bonds were on West Michigan ballots this Election Day.
Among the biggest races in West Michigan were those for city commission in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. In Grand Rapids, Senita Lenear is hoping to retain her 3rd Ward seat. In Kalamazoo, five candidates, including two incumbents, are running for three open seats.
The Grand Rapids Public Library and the Rapid bus service both have operating millages on the ballot. Muskegon County asked voters to OK a new millage to fund programs for youths and families. Ferrysburg voters are considering two ballot proposals: One to fund repairs to Smith’s Bayou Bridge and another that would mandate a public vote before the city can sell any parks.
Additionally, a slew of schools hope their voters will approve bond measures.
In Ferrysburg, voter rejected a new millage that would have raised funds to repair Smith’s Bayou Bridge. Sixty-three percent of voters said no to the new tax.
Ferrysburg voters also overwhelmingly approved a charter amendment that will require a public vote before the city can sell any park property is sold. That measure passed with 81 percent of voters saying yes. That ballot proposal came about because officials had considered selling some park property to fund bridge repairs.
Without the millage and with the city now unable to cell the park property, it’s unclear how or if the city will be able to come up with the about $11.5 million needed to repair the bridge.
Muskegon County rejected a millage proposal that would have funded programs for youths and families. With 92 percent of precincts reporting, 69 percent of voters had said no.\
In Kalamazoo, Mayor Bobby Hopewell declared victory after results showed he had received more votes than write-in candidates. His re-election sets the record for the consecutive number of years someone has been mayor of that city. Hopewell has been mayor since 2007.
Incumbent Kalamazoo City Commissioners Erin Knott and Jack Urban earned re-election. Eric Cunningham, who was previously appointed to the commission but then lost his seat, was voted back onto the commission. Knott will serve the vice mayor for the next two years after she received the most votes among city commission candidates.
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