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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for elections across West Michigan, with key races and measures on the ballot -- including the contest for Grand Rapids mayor and an effort to split off a section of a Newaygo County city.
In the race for Grand Rapids mayor, incumbent George Heartwell is facing a challenge from political newcomer Michael-Paul Gionfriddo. Voters will also decide the city commission races in wards two and three. Incumbent city comptroller Donijo DeJonge is running for re-election against former state representative Michael Sak.
Grand Rapids Public School leaders are asking voters in the district to approve a sinking and building fund millage, which would pay for repairs of school buildings.
There is a charter amendment on the ballot in Kentwood asking voters whether people convicted of felonies should be barred from holding elected city offices.
The race for mayor in Montague is tinged with sadness, after incumbent Henry Roesler's death last week. Roesler is still on the ballot, but any votes for him will not count. His challenger is Kevin Erb.
Voters in Newaygo and Garfield Township will vote on a proposal to break off 680 acres from the northwest corner of the city and allow it to join the township.
People in Montcalm Township will decide whether to recall the township treasurer, Phyllis Shilling. She's accused of not properly performing her job through problems with mailing out of tax bills, destruction of township records, and not depositing money into proper accounts. Shilling says she's the target of dirty politics, and that police, prosecutors, and auditors have found no evidence of wrongdoing.
Polls close at 8 p.m.
We will have results as they come in on WZZM13.com and on WZZM 13 News at 11 p.m.