Elections

Democrat David LaGrand vies for Michigan House seat

by (alexandersinn)

Submitted 11-16-2015 under NEWS

David LaGrand, after defeating fellow Democratic contender Michael Scruggs in primaries this November, is slated to be on the March 8 ballot against Republican Blake Edmonds to represent Michigan’s 75th district in Lansing. He is the...

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Mayor discusses Tuesday elections, other citizen questions on City Connection

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 11-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

Every month on the first Monday, Mayor Heartwell is open to all questions sent in during his live on-air show "City Connection."  This month, City Connection was aired on GRTV Channel 24 and live-streamed right here on The Rapidian on Monday,...

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Democrats face off for Michigan House seat in special primary

by (alexandersinn)

Submitted 11-02-2015 under NEWS

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, voters will choose between two Democrats hoping to serve as the area’s State House Representative. The winner in Tuesday’s special primary will then face off against the currently unopposed Republican candidate. The...

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Story Matters: Katie Gordon appreciates focus on income, racial inequalities at mayoral debate

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 08-01-2015 under NONPROFITS

After Thursday night's mayoral debate on income inequality hosted by MLive and WGVU, two-year Grand Rapidian Katie Gordon says she is looking forward to a mayor that will continue the legacy of Mayor Heartwell's work to...

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Story Matters: Mary Alice Williams wishes for more "teeth" in local politics

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 07-31-2015 under NONPROFITS

Mary Alice Williams attended the mayoral candidate debate on income inequality on Thursday, July 30, hosted by MLive and WGVU. Williams says she's looking most of all for integrity, a passion to serve and social justice...

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Where are the votes?

by (TSzakal)

Submitted 07-28-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids has over 130,000 registered voters, but the actual act of voting rarely peaks over 80,000 participants within the city limits. Least likely among those participants at the polls are young people and people of color. When asked, the...

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Mayoral candidates answer citizen questions on their role as mayor, representing young voices, City finances

by (Holly)

Submitted 07-28-2015 under NEWS

With just one week left until the Primary elections, with four mayoral candidates on the ballot and the possibility of our next mayor being chosen that day, we’re bringing more questions from our local citizens that were sent to us on July 15...

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Voting 101: Voting rates historically lower in primaries, for young people, black residents

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-21-2015 under NEWS

The August 4 Primary Election in Grand Rapids may determine the next mayor of the city. Primary elections typically have a lower voter turnout than general elections, but this also means an individual citizen's vote carries more weight in...

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Voting 101: Getting clear about rights, responsibilities at polls

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-14-2015 under NEWS

The City of Grand Rapids will be holding Primary Elections on August 4 and City General Elections on November 3. With the Primaries drawing closer, questions like photo ID requirements, employee rights to leave work and whether or not your...

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Voting 101: Understanding differences between wards, precincts, quadrants, neighborhoods

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-07-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids has wards, precincts, neighborhoods and quadrants. This can be sometimes be confusing. Understanding what wards and precincts are, and how they differentiate from neighborhoods and quadrants, is important for local elections. Wards are...

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