City voters meet their candidates

The crowd was light, but the discussions were heavy during a Grand Haven Area League of Women Voters Meet the Candidates night at Loutit District Library.
Alex Doty
Oct 18, 2013


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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Denny Scott is a good man, he represents the local folks who reside all over the city not just the few buisness owners downtown.


need some new faces and fresh idea,s, not more of the same


Agreed, too bad more people aren't feeling the call to challenge the status quo. They should all be voted out as things get a little cozy and stagnant when the same people win again and again. 4 years is a long time, people tend to forget over 4 years. Maybe make them 2 year terms instead?


Pretty easy this time around...I'm going with the new blood and the ones already there are gone. Really not the best way to vote, but how much worse could the new guy be than what we've seen in the last couple years?

One thing I notice looking at these pics is that these are all old folks. (I can say that, I are one). where are all the younger residents who should be showing an interest in what's happening to the town that they'll be raising their kids in?




The candidates are really going at it. They are debating intelligently and they surely make things happen. - Sandra Dyche


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