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Primary Election Information

Wealthy School Precint & Lakeside School Precincts ONLY.) The City of East Grand Rapids will conduct the City Commission Primary Election on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. This election is for voters in Ward 3 only, meaning that residents who vote at Wealthy School (Precinct 3-1) and Lakeside School (Precinct 3-2) will cast their ballots in this election.

On the ballot are four candidates for the office of Third Ward City Commissioner. You will be able to vote for one candidate. The results will determine which two candidates move on to the November 8th election.

Wealthy School and Lakeside School precincts will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm.

Absentee ballots are now available for those over 60 years old or who may be out of the city on election day.

Poll: Should Westboro Baptist Church be allowed to protest at Betty Ford services

Poll: Should Westboro Baptist Church be allowed to protest at Betty Ford services

 The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas posted on their website that they will be protesting the funeral and memorial services of former first lady Betty Ford. Courts have ruled that the First Amendment gives the protesters the constitutional right to do so. How far do you think the First Amendment should go in protecting your right to protest? Cast your vote below.

Third Ward Commissioner steps down

Third Ward Commissioner steps down

From: http://www.eastgr.org

Commissioner Rick Morris has resigned his position as City Commissioner from the Third Ward as he is moving out of East Grand Rapids. Mr. Morris was first elected to a partial-term in November 2005 and was elected to a full term in November 2007. His term of office would have ended in November 2011. In addition to serving on the City Commission, Mr. Morris served on the Finance Committee, the Joint Facilities Committee, the EGR Community Foundation Board, and represented East Grand Rapids on The Rapid Board of Directors. His commitment and input will be missed by City staff and his fellow commission members.

Want to be Mayor?

Press release from City Hall:

FILING DEADLINE FOR CITY COMMISSION RACES THIS FALL. The deadline to file to run for one of three open positions on the City Commission is Tuesday, May 10th at 4:00 pm. To be elected this fall are the Mayor and one commissioner from each of the City's three wards.

To run for one of these positions, you must be a registered voter of the district you wish to be elected from for at least one year, and collect 25 signatures from other registered voters within that district.

A packet of information and forms are available from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 750 Lakeside Drive SE, at the main reception desk in the Finance Department. For more information, contact Karen Brower or Teresa Potts at 949-2110.


Planners to discuss Medical Marijuana Ordinance

The city's planning commission will meet on Tuesday, May 10th, to discuss a new ordinance regarding Medical Marijuana.   You can offer your comments at the hearing, set to start at 5:30 in the Community Center's commission chambers.

Ellis reelected to Board of Ed; Rapid Millage widely supported in East

EAST GRAND RAPIDS - Board of Education president Brian Ellis won reelection to the board in Tuesday's voting;joining him will be newcomer Beth Milanowski, replacing Stacy Trierweiler, who did not seek reelection.  East voters supported the transit millage by a nearly 2 to 1 margin, and were part of the trend countywide in electing Bert Bleke and Fred Sebulske to the GRCC Board of Trustees. 

Full election results are viewable here:






East Grand Rapids students place fifth in national constitutional competition

East Grand Rapids students place fifth in national constitutional competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WZZM) -- Students from East Grand Rapids High School finished in fifth place Monday at the "We the People: The Citizen and the Consitution" national finals.

The competition in Washington involved students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Marianas Islands.  For three days, the students took part in mock Congressional hearings which tested their knowledge of the U.S. Consitution and the Bill of Rights.

Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies in Richmond, Virginia, took the top prize in the competition, followed by Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton, California), East Brunswick High School (New Jersey), and Vestavia Hills High School (Alabama).

The competition was run by the Center for Civic Education.