GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - In Kentwood, a field of five candidates for mayor has been narrowed down to two.
Current City Commissioner and Sharon Brinks and city employee Stephen Kepley will fight it out for the spot in the November general election. They garnered 45% and 28% of the vote respectively.
Brinks and Kepley beat out former Kentwood police sergeant Burton Lee Isler, Michigan Department of Corrections social worker William Gray and businessman Thomas Webb.
Unlike most West Michigan communities, Kentwood has a strong mayor form of government. It's a full-time job and the mayor runs the whole show. In other communities, the city manager takes on many responsibilities.
That seat is open after current Mayor Richard Clanton, who replaced longtime Major Richard Root after his death, decided not to run for office.
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