Nichol Stack joins Grand Haven mayoral race

Alex Doty • Mar 31, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Another name has been added to the mix to become Grand Haven’s mayor.

The City Clerk’s Office announced Friday that it received a nominating petition from Grand Haven Area Public Schools Board of Education Trustee Nichol Stack for mayor — a term that expires in 2019.

Stack’s candidacy comes on the heels of an announcement that City Councilman Mike Fritz, who also serves as mayor pro-tem on council, has decided to run for mayor.

Stack and Fritz will run against Mayor Geri McCaleb, who is seeking a fourth two-year term as mayor.

Since more than two people are running for mayor, a primary election will take place Aug. 8, with the top two vote-getters squaring off in November.

Overall, there are two council, one mayor and two Board of Light & Power trustee positions open in this year’s election cycle.

The city has received nomination petitions from incumbents Dennis Scott and Robert Monetza (council member), and Gerry Witherell (BLP),

Monetza and Scott are each seeking a third four-year term on council, and Witherell is seeking another six-year term on the BLP.

Larry Kieft’s BLP trustee seat is also up this year, and is also a six-year term.

Candidates seeking a place on the 2017 city ballot need to file by 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in order to meet the deadline.

Should more than four people end up running for the two City Council seats or more than four run for the two BLP trustee seats, those races will be added to the August primary ballot. Otherwise, the general election is Nov. 7.

According to the clerk’s office, due to election law, official validation of petitions will not occur until the filing deadline has passed and signatures on all petition forms have been verified.

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