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Employer and retired sheriff confront in Republican primary in District 7 of Ottawa County

Ottawa County, Michigan-Small business owners and retired sheriffs face each other in District 7 of the Republican Ottawa County Commission on August 2.

Next week, Jenison’s Rebekah A. Curran will face Georgetown Township’s Gregory Steigenga on a two-year board meeting. James Holt Wurwer, who has long represented District 7, is not seeking re-election.

In 2023, according to Otawa County, the district boundary of District 7 includes the Georgetown Charter Township (part). Georgetown Township Districts 9, 10, 11, 12, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17.

Karan, 43, describes herself as the owner of a small business raised in a military family. As a small business owner, she knows the struggles and challenges people face through excessive government regulation, listens to the community and says she wants to be their voice on the county board.

According to Karan’s campaign website, she is currently a member of the constituency representative and executive committee of the Ottawa County GOP, and a founding member and president of Ottawa’s Republican women. Callan is an experienced sales and marketing expert with 15 years of management experience at Marriott International, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels and Berkeley Hotels.

70-year-old Steigenga was a sheriff at the Otawa County Sheriff’s Office for 30 and 11 years. He also served as Mayor of Hudsonville for six years before moving to Georgetown Township.

According to Steigenga’s campaign website, “I accept all best practices that apply to public decision-making, but continue to take a conservative approach to public issues that the County Commission treats. I will. “

“We look forward to providing the leadership and involvement expected of county officials and working hard for all members of Georgetown Township.”

MLive / The Grand Rapids Press has partnered with the Michigan Independent Women’s Voter Federation to provide readers with a voter guide. Each candidate was asked to outline their stance on public policy issues listed below.

All answers in the guide were submitted directly by the candidate and were not edited by the Women’s Voter Federation. The spelling and grammar were not modified. The publication of the candidate’s statement is for the benefit of public services only and should not be considered an approval. The league does not support or oppose candidates or political parties.

Information on other state, county, and local primaries can be found at Vote411.org.

From this list, rate the top three priorities for Otawa County Commissioner’s offices: Infrastructure and Road Financing, Land Use, Water Quality, Social Services, Low Taxes, Safety, Funding Through County Flour Mills Senior Services Provided, Subdivision-County Commissioner Assignment. Discuss easily.

Rebekah A. Curran:

All of these issues are important, but my top three are: # 1 Social Services-The Department of Health and Diversity Fairness and Comprehension in Otawa County has exercised power over the people of Otawa County. Both need to be rebalanced with information and services that reflect the entire community that provides the service. It is not your skin color that defines us, but the content of your character. # 2-Land use / water quality. We must be good managers of the resources that God has blessed us. This includes water quality, land use and conservation. # 3 Low Taxes-We should always strive to govern with minimal force and taxation. You need to reduce wasted spending and lower taxes.

Gregory Steigenga:

Priorities include securing sufficient funding for the county’s infrastructure through federal and state dollars designated for that purpose. In addition, actively seek out available sources of funding for senior services and water quality provision. I will work hard to maintain an affordable milling rate in Otawa County without endangering quality of life issues that are important to residents, businesses and schools. Public security is a very important part of my agenda, as it also enables a secure community throughout the county. Constituency changes should always be recognized as a committee to recognize the right level of representation based on population and other factors.

The county commissioner has done an effective job in leading the county for the past two years. Are you for or against? Please explain briefly.

Rebekah A. Curran:

I will hold an open office hour, create a Facebook post update, and offer a tour of the Otawa County Administration Building. My goal is to be a resource for everyone and promote public involvement. In addition, I would like to set up a civic council to help the surprisingly smart and talented people of Otawa County take advantage of important issues. This will help strengthen and improve our community. We would also like to conduct a bi-annual survey of county residents to assess their performance and provide valuable feedback on where they can improve.

Gregory Steigenga:

As a sheriff, and later as a city commissioner, I always meet with local forces on a regular basis, and keeping those lines of communication open is one of my priorities. All communication with the people I represent is very important to me as decisions are made at the county commission level.

What is your strategy for meeting the district to gain local insights into important county decisions?

Rebekah A. Curran

I will hold an open office hour, create a Facebook post update, and offer a tour of the Otawa County Administration Building. My goal is to be a resource for everyone and promote public involvement. In addition, I would like to set up a civic council to help the surprisingly smart and talented people of Otawa County take advantage of important issues. This will help strengthen and improve our community. We would also like to conduct a bi-annual survey of county residents to assess their performance and provide valuable feedback on where they can improve.

Gregory Steigenga

As a sheriff, and later as a city commissioner, I always meet with local forces on a regular basis, and keeping those lines of communication open is one of my priorities. All communication with the people I represent is very important to me as decisions are made at the county commission level.

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