UNDATED (WHTC) - This is municipal Election Day along the Lakeshore and across Michigan, with two contested City Council races, two millage requests and a merger question highlighting the local ballot.
Three of five Holland City Council seats are being challenged, as incumbents Brian Burch, Nancy DeBoer and Todd Whiteman are opposed by Richard Burlingame, Don Martin and Darlene DeWitt. All three incumbents voted against expanding Holland’s anti-discrimination ordinance to include LGBT, which has been made an issue in the campaign. The other two no votes on that matter – Mayor Kurt Dykstra and Councilman Mike Trethewey – are running unopposed.
There are four persons vying for three spots on the Saugatuck City Council, with incumbents Bill Hess, Jeff Spangler and Henry Van Singel, and challenger Wendy Wise Fisher. Zeeland Public Schools is asking for passage of a 10-year, 1-mill renewal of its sinking fund levy, while the Holland Community Swimming Pool Authority is asking for a full mill increase in its five-year levy to meet operational and maintenance needs. Finally, voters in Saugatuck and Douglas will decide whether their two cities should merge into a single governmental unit.
Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.