Ysasi, O’Connor win GR commission seats

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Milinda Ysasi won the 2nd Ward Grand Rapids City Commission seat up for grabs Tuesday.

Opponent Wendy Falb, a former Grand Rapids Board of Education member, conceded the race shortly before midnight.

Ysasi will be the first Latina commissioner in recent history.

“While being Latina is something I’m proud of, it’s not the only thing that defines me,” she told News 8 Tuesday night. “I think when people researched my record, they saw the number of things I’ve done in the private sector and working in a nonprofit.”

In the 1st Ward, incumbent Jon O’Connor declared victory over challenger Allison Lutz around midnight.

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WOOD TV8 is projecting Rosalynn Bliss will be reelected mayor of Grand Rapids.

“The city is moving in a positive direction in a lot of ways, but we also have a lot of struggles that we’re trying to face around affordable housing and community police relations. So we know that we have a lot of work to do,” Bliss said Tuesday evening.

Bliss was elected as a commissioner in the city’s 2nd Ward in 2005. She was first elected as mayor in 2015. This will be Bliss’ final term as mayor as she will meet her term limit.

Also in Grand Rapids, WOOD TV8 is projecting that a ballot question to increase a millage to fund Grand Rapids city parks improvements and make it permanent will pass.

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