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Bliss elected as first female mayor in Grand Rapids

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Bliss this past August at the mayoral debate at Grand Valley State University. Photo by Kayla Tucker
Bliss this past August at the mayoral debate at Grand Valley State University. Photo by Kayla Tucker
Bliss this past August at the mayoral debate at Grand Valley State University. Photo by Kayla Tucker

By Kayla Tucker – Managing Editor

Today Grand Rapids voters elected Rosalynn Bliss as the first female mayor in the city’s history.

Bliss won with 66 percent of the vote, surpassing Robert Dean who received 30 percent of the vote. Bliss has been a city commissioner for nine years. After mayoral term limits were implemented in the city, current mayor George Heartwell endorsed Bliss at the beginning of her campaign. Heartwell will be moving out of the office this December. A city commissioner will be appointed to replace Bliss when she takes the helm as mayor January 1.