City councilmen returned

The votes are in. Bob Monetza and Dennis Scott will serve second terms on City Council.
Alex Doty
Nov 6, 2013

Monetza received 858 votes, Scott got 1,023 votes, and challenger Henry Reyenga Jr. received 593 votes.

First elected in 2009, Monetza expressed enthusiasm about his reelection.

“I think we’ve done a lot of good things and I’m very happy about my first four years,” he said. “I’ve had a few things that didn’t go the way I’d like, but by and large, we’ve done a good job and I’d like to continue doing that.”

Monetza’s focus in his second term will be to find a solution for the Grand Landing project, fight to keep the Michigan Department of Transportation from removing the landscaped median from U.S. 31, and look at redevelopment opportunities at the older industrial sites on the north end of the city’s east side.

“All these things need a lot of attention, and those will all be coming up soon,” he said.

Scott, who also became a councilman in 2009, was equally thrilled about his re-election.

“I am humbled by the voter turnout and excited to start another term,” he said. “I appreciate all of the votes that I got.”

The top vote-getter from Tuesday night, Scott wants to fight MDOT’s plan to remove the landscaped median from U.S. 31, and also to find a solution for the Grand Landing site.

Reyenga, who finished third, said he appreciates all of the residents who gave him their votes of confidence.

“I want to congratulate Bob and Denny, and I believe they will do a great job in representing Grand Haven in the future,” he said. “(I’ll) keep getting involved, and find places where I can build, help and encourage the citizens of Grand Haven.”

Despite his loss, Reyenga said he will consider another election run in the future.

“It’s possible, and I’ll keep exploring my options and keep getting to know people,” he said. “I’ve only been here a year and a half, and so far I find Grand Haven a delightful place.”




Their return will be good to them. The city will be thankful after the return of the two. - Aldo Disorbo

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