Republican Roger Bergman and Democrat Don Munski are looking to fill the 10th District seat.
Bergman, 66, is a Grand Haven resident with experience as the city's mayor and member of City Council. He said he decided to run for the county post in order to fulfill a long-time goal of representing the citizens of the northwest corner of the county.
“Many years ago, I always thought I’d like to take the next step and represent Grand Haven and Northwest Ottawa County,” Bergman said.
Bergman said the most important issue facing the county is making sure the style of leadership continues with conservative budgets.
“I think that certainly the county has done an excellent job of maintaining a budget that’s conservative,” he said.
Bergman noted that the current administration has done a good job of managing the county's courts and parks system. He also said they are financially frugal, which allowed the county to construct the Grand Haven Courthouse and Fillmore Street Complex addition with cash.
Bergman said he has worked with many people in the county, state and federal level during his time as mayor.
Munski, 57, lives in Spring Lake.
“The reason I am running is because I feel the Democratic Party’s voice is not represented on the county commission,” he said. “I think it’s important for all of us to consider what we can do for other people in the community.”
Munski said this is his first foray into politics. He said the issues facing the county are to support social service agencies, protect the natural environment, encourage job creation and defend union rights, and promote business growth.
“I think another area of concern is the coordination of services amongst the different jurisdictions,” he added.
Munski believes it is essential to make sure local units of government do not duplicate services, which could spur economic growth as well as create efficiencies in government.