City voters meet their candidates

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:20 PM

City councilmen Bob Monetza and Dennis Scott, who are running for re-election, and challenger Henry Reyenga met with voters and talked about why they were seeking a seat on council.

The three candidates seek two four-year terms on City Council in the Nov. 5 election.

Incumbent Monetza moved to Grand Haven from Holland in 1978. He reflected on the past while he looked ahead to a second term.

“The past four years have been challenging, exhilarating, frustrating — but fulfilling,” he said.

Monetza noted that his goals when he first took office were to improve public utilities, keep the city fiscally strong and maintain a high quality of life.

“The city has done very well through the recession,” he said. “We’ve leveraged our resources and made improvements.”

Incumbent Scott, who is a longtime Grand Haven resident, also reflected on his past accomplishments during the night. These ranged from improvements to city utilities and roads, collaboration with other local governments, and work to preserve city landmarks like the lighthouses and Musical Fountain.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes take place over the last four years that I have been blessed to be a part of,” he said, noting that he wasn’t happy with increases to taxes and fees.

Challenger Reyenga, who moved to Grand Haven last year, said he's excited about the possibility of what he could do if elected to council.

“As we started living here, it became clear that this was a place that I wanted to share my experiences,” he said.

In talking to friends and acquaintances, Reyenga said he began to thing that he could offer a fresh set of eyes and viewpoints on city issues.

“Maybe it would be good to give people a choice,” he said. “That has been my motivation.”

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