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Mike Fritz to run for GH mayor

Alex Doty • Mar 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM

A new — albeit familiar — name has thrown his hat into the ring to run for mayor of Grand Haven.

The City Clerk’s Office has received a nominating petition from current City Councilman Mike Fritz for mayor — a term that expires in 2019.

Fritz, who also serves as mayor pro-tem on council, was first elected to office in 2003. He was re-elected to four-year terms in 2007, 2011 and 2015.

“If Mike were to win, his council seat would become vacant and then be filled by council appointment,” City Clerk Linda Browand explained. “If he loses, he remains on council.”

There are two council, one mayor and two Board of Light & Power trustee positions open in this year’s election cycle.

The city has also received nomination petitions from incumbents Dennis Scott (council member) and Mayor Geri McCaleb, as well as a recent submission of a nominating petition from Robert Monetza for re-election to his City Council seat.

Monetza and Scott are each seeking a third four-year term on council, and McCaleb is seeking a fourth two-year term as Grand Haven’s mayor.

The City Clerk’s Office also announced this week that it has received a nominating petition from Gerry Witherell for one of the two Board of Light & Power trustee seats on the ballot this year. 

Seats currently held by BLP trustees Witherell and Larry Kieft are up this year. Both are six-year terms.

Candidates seeking a place on the 2017 city ballot need to file by 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in order to meet the deadline.

A primary election will be scheduled for Aug. 8 if more than four people run for the two council seats, or more than two are running for mayor, or more than four run for the two BLP trustee seats. Otherwise, the general election is Nov. 7.

According to the clerk’s office, due to election law, official validation of petitions will not occur until the filing deadline has passed and signatures on all petition forms have been verified.

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