Two contending to be Ferrysburg’s next mayor

Ferrysburg voters on Nov. 8 will be deciding who takes over as mayor of the city. Two candidates - Dan Ruiter, 61; and Jon Stafford, 56 - are vying for a seat left vacant by current Mayor Jeff Stille, who decided not to run for re-election.
Alex Doty
Nov 2, 2011

A state employee with the Department of Human Services, Stafford, 504 Fifth St., has served on City Council since 2006. He was appointed and then re-elected in 2007 for a four-year term.

Stafford has also worked on city boards including the Planning Commission and Economic Development Task Force, and spent time on the Tax Increment Finance Authority between 1986 and 1996.

“I feel I am qualified to continue to lead council,” Stafford said, adding that the city needs to have conservative fiscal leadership in a time when budgets are tight.

Ruiter, 16865 Lake Road, is a retired information technology professional and has more than eight years experience serving on City Council. He is also a member of the city’s Planning Commission and Board of Review.

Ruiter said he decided to run for mayor when Stille decided not to seek another term.

“Our current mayor decided not to run, and I felt Ferrysburg should continue its tradition of experienced and affective leadership,” Ruiter said.

In addition to the mayoral race, incumbents Scott Blease, 17300 Hazel St.; and Chris Larson, 17673 Jordan Lane, are running unopposed for two of the three open seats on Ferrysburg City Council.

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