HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Attorney Nathan Bocks will be the next mayor in Holland.
He defeated incumbent Nancy DeBoer by only a few hundred votes Tuesday.
“The first and biggest thank you is to the voters of Holland. Thank you for turning out today, thank you for coming to the polls, and thank you for having faith and confidence in us,” Bocks said in an acceptance speech Tuesday evening.
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Bocks is a real estate attorney with Central Park Law. While running, he described himself as a community leader, having previously served on several commissions and boards. He most recently served as the chair for the Civic Center fundraising board.
He said his main priorities moving forward are improving access to affordable housing and making sure everyone feels they belong in Holland.
“Holland has said loud and clear they believe our diversity is our strength and everyone has value and everyone has something to contribute and we’re going to go forward with that and strengthen this community,” he said.
DeBoer was elected mayor in 2015.
“I’ve done the best I could. I served the city with everything I have. I love this city,” a tearful DeBoer said Tuesday night.
**Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled Bocks’ last name as Bock in the headline. We regret the error, which has been fixed.