McCaleb, Sharkey seek to become GH’s next mayor

Grand Haven voters will be deciding the city's new leader on Nov. 8. Geri McCaleb, 65, and write-in candidate Ken Sharkey, 52, are running to fill the seat that is being opened up by the departure of current Mayor Roger Bergman. The term for mayor is two years. McCaleb, 1235 Slayton Ave., served for eight years on Grand Haven City Council. She also served as secretary and president of the Grand Haven Eastown Association.
Alex Doty
Nov 3, 2011

“I ran for City Council 10 years ago because there were many people in Grand Haven who felt that City Council was not listening to them,” McCaleb said. “In the eight years I served on City Council, I worked hard for the people of the city — always keeping in the forefront of my mind the people I was elected to represent. I will do the same thing as mayor.”

McCaleb said the biggest issue facing the city right now is finances, and also said that there could be some efficiencies made by working with other communities.

Sharkey, 15 Sherman Ave., is the owner of Commercial Contractors Inc. and has been a life-long resident of the Grand Haven area. He said he is running for mayor to give people an option, and he wants to continue to be a dynamic leader and visionary like those who have made past decisions.

“Personally, I want a choice so there’s accountability — doesn’t everyone?” Sharkey said. “I also want to help maintain what I believe is a positive trend in our city. I have had an interest in Grand Haven since the day I was born, and will continue to have both an interest and investment in Grand Haven until the day I die.”

According to Sharkey, the most pressing issue facing the city is the Grand Landing property.

A third announced write-in candidate, Chris Collette, couldn’t be reached for comment.

In addition to the mayoral candidates, two men — John Hierholzer, 62; and Mike Fritz, 58 — are running unopposed for two four-year seats on City Council. Fritz, 225 Clinton Ave., has been a city councilman since 2003. He was born in Grand Haven and has been a life-long resident. Hierholzer, 1320 Lake Ave., is running to take the place of Ed Nieuwenhuis, who is not running for re-election after sitting on City Council since 2003.

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