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BLP trustee re-elected

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Voters threw the switch for incumbent James VanderMolen, who received 712 votes compared to Borchers’ 556.

There were six write-in votes among the 1,273 ballots cast.

Borchers, 1849 Doris Ave., is the owner of the Frame and Mat Shop in Grand Haven's Centertown.

VanderMolen, 1201 Marion St., is a retired Board of Light & Power employee who has served on the board since 2001.

Both candidates ran on platforms that include transitioning from coal to natural gas.

“In my view, I believe the power plant should be converted from coal burning to natural gas in the next few years,” VanderMolen told the Tribune prior to the election. “I think that is the big thing facing the Board of Light & Power right now.”

VanderMolen said the long-term goal is to keep rates low to help entice new residents to Grand Haven and Spring Lake.

“My main goal is to provide reliable and dependable service to all users,” VanderMolen said. “To me, that is very important. Our distribution system over the past 50 years has been completely redone, and all we have to do is maintain it.”

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