Three vying for two seats on BLP

Three candidates are vying for two seats on Grand Haven's Board of Light & Power in next week's election. Gerry Witherell, 74, 527 Butler St., has been serving as a BLP director since he being appointed to the board in 2005. Witherell said he believed it was important to continue the same standard of service the BLP currently provides to customers in the Tri-Cities area - as it benefits not only residents, but large businesses as well. "If there is a problem, our people are out there in a matter of minutes,' he said.
Alex Doty
Nov 4, 2011

Larry Kieft, 70, 1325 Oakes Ave., has six years of experience on the BLP board. He has lived and worked in Grand Haven his entire life. Fiscally conservative, Kieft said he will make it a priority to continue to offer affordable electric rates and prompt reliable service for all BLP customers.

Challenging the incumbents for the two director seats on Nov. 8 is Michael Ciofu, 1740 Woodlawn Ave.

Ciofu, 60, is a member of the Grand Haven Zoning Board of Appeals and Coast Guard Auxiliary. He has lived in Grand Haven for the past several years, worked previously for Ford Motor Co. in Wixom.

“I really don’t have a background with the Board of Light & Power, but I do have a manufacturing background,” he said.

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