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Brugger, Fritz elected to City Council

Alex Doty • Updated Nov 4, 2015 at 10:03 AM

Brugger, 37, received 842 votes; while Fritz, 61, received 801. Councilman John Hierholzer finished third in the voting with 559. Challenger Mike Cramer finished fourth with 416.

Voter turnout in the city was 17 percent.

“I’m very blessed to live in a great community for one thing," Fritz said. "And second of all, is a thank you to all the people that did vote for me. I appreciate it and their trust in what I’ve done so far.“

Fritz, who co-owns Fritz Auto Body, has served on City Council for the past 12 years.

”I’m excited, and since day one I’ve been excited,“ he said. ”Since the first time I ran, I’ve been excited.“

Fritz looks forward to continuing to tackle city issues in the coming years.

“I’m content, but I’m not content on sitting on my heels,” he said. ”I have a lot of different ideas that I think we need to be looking forward to. There’s a lot of things that we need to take care of in this town."

Brugger was also enthusiastic about Tuesday’s victory, and said he wants to make Grand Haven even better than it is today.

“I’m honored to be elected and look forward to getting a lot of work done, and bringing the next generation — my generation and the younger generations — getting them involved in what’s going on in Grand Haven,” he said. “We’ve got a great city and I really looking forward to my peers in the next generation starting to step up.”

Brugger, who is familiar with community involvement, having served on the city's Planning Commission and with volunteer organizations, said he is eager to move forward.

“I have been helping out with the city in different volunteer capacities the last seven years, and I’m excited to take the next step and get plugged in at the City Council level, where a lot of work gets done,” he said.

Other Races

Mayor Geri McCaleb, 69, was re-elected as the city’s mayor and ran unopposed for another two-year term. McCaleb was first elected mayor in 2011 after serving on City Council from 2001-09.

“The reason I have such a good time is because Grand Haven is such a great community with a lot of passionate people," she said. "Everybody loves this town — the people that live here and people that come here. It is just a pleasure to serve the people of Grand Haven.”

McCaleb noted that she wants to keep moving forward with the rest of City Council to tackle the issues facing the community.

Another uncontested race involved two six-year seats on the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power. Incumbents John Naser, 76, and Jack Smant, 81, were both re-elected and will continue their service on the municipal power board.

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