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Former state rep. David LaGrand announces bid for Grand Rapids mayor

He previously served on the Grand Rapids City Commission, GRPS Board, and state representative between 2015-2022.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man who is no stranger to Grand Rapids politics announced he's running for Mayor. 

David LaGrand, who most recently served as a state representative between 2015-2022, says he wants to find solutions for housing and homelessness, public safety, environmental sustainability, and government transparency and accountability.

“I’m excited to announce my campaign for Grand Rapids Mayor. I know Grand Rapids and I love our city. We are facing real challenges right now but we also have real opportunities to make our community better for everyone who lives here," LaGrand, a Democrat, said. 

“We must take action to ensure everyone has secure housing, to make our neighborhoods safer, make our city sustainable, and make city hall more transparent and accessible to Grand Rapidans. There’s so much to do, we can accomplish it if we work together.” 

LaGrand also previously served on the Grand Rapids City Commission and Grand Rapids Public School Board. 

Current Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was reelected in 2019, and has served since 2016. Her term expires on December 31, 2024, and is term-limited. 

LaGrand was born in Grand Rapids and is a Calvin College Graduate. An attorney, LaGrand was also an assistant Kent County Prosecutor. 

He is also the owner and manager of Long Road Distillers and other West Michigan businesses. 

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