Report: Hudsonville mayor to run for Ottawa County commission

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The mayor of Hudsonville will run for the District 5 seat on the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, the Holland Sentinel reports.

Mark Northrup, has been mayor of Hudsonville since 2015 and previously served on the Hudsonville City Commission. The district represents Blendon Township, the city of Hudsonville, Jamestown Township and a small part of Zeeland Township.

That spot is currently held by Joe Moss, a fellow Republican, chair of the commission and co-founder of conservative political action group Ottawa Impact. But Northrup told the Sentinel he and Moss are “polar opposites.”

“I have taken the oath to the constitution many times in my life, and I will again — that’s who I am,” he told the Sentinel. “But we also have to understand the culture has changed, and we need to understand the demographics have changed.”

Northrup said residents aren’t happy with where the current board is headed. If elected, he plans to prioritize county employees and business leaders and restore funding to the health department.

“People are angry, and that’s not healthy; they’re suspect, and that’s not good for us,” he said. “We need to have calm government. We need to be thoughtful, we need to be appropriate. We need to not have hidden agendas and virtue signaling and all the other stuff and bias. It just needs to stop, because no one’s winning.”

Moss has not yet filed for re-election, the Sentinel reported.

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