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Kuyers re-elected to county board

Krystle Wagner • Aug 8, 2018 at 5:00 AM

Incumbent Philip Kuyers will continue to serve as the Ottawa County commissioner for the 9th District.

The West Olive man received 58.8 percent of the 3,288 votes cast for the race in Tuesday’s primary election. Challenger Pat VerDuin of Grand Haven Township received 41.2 percent, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night.

No Democratic candidate ran for the 9th District seat in the election, so Kuyers is unofficially re-elected.

Kuyers, 59, thanked voters for their support and said he looks forward to working with the Board of Commissioners again. He said it has been a good election, and he received help from fellow County Commissioner Roger Bergman of Grand Haven and the GOP. Bergman was unchallenged.

Kuyers, who was first elected to the board in 2000, said the county has one of the best park systems in the state.

“The administration we have is second to none in the state,” he said.

In a Tribune questionnaire, Kuyers said he ran for re-election because Ottawa County is his home and he’s “passionate about its continued success and the quality of living for others that share it.”

Kuyers’ community involvement also includes serving on the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Board, Ottawa County Economic Development and Ottawa County Parks Commission, and he’s the chairman of the Ottawa County Groundwater Task Force.

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