Incumbent Morgan runs for commission re-election

Roger Morgan is seeking re-election to the 3rd District seat on the Kent County Commission. Morgan, a commissioner since 2001, recently served four years as chairman of the commission after having served as vice-chair of the board for three years as well as being the finance and physical resources committee chair.

Morgan stated, “I have always been an advocate of smaller government and I promise to continue those efforts for my constituents. Our focus should be on providing services mandated by the state. With continued budget pressures, we will need to take a long hard look at the level of non-mandated and discretionary services being provided and make the necessary adjustments.”

Kent County Sheriff Larry Stelma and Prosecuting Attorney Bill Forsyth worked with Morgan, helping to spearhead the successful corrections and detention millage renewal in 2008.

Sheriff Stelma said, “Roger provides steady and unwavering leadership to the county commission, something that is much appreciated during these challenging times.”

Forsyth added, “Commissioner Morgan believes strongly about the issues that matter in Kent County—issues that are important to all of the citizens.”

Other accomplishments of the commission under Morgan’s leadership watch include the successful West Michigan Sports Commission, consolidated 9-1-1 dispatch authority, and a new animal shelter facility, just to name a few.

In his 26th year as CEO of Rockford Ambulance, Morgan is responsible for 67 employees serving the communities of Rockford, Belmont, Grand Rapids Township, Cedar Springs, Kent City, Sparta and the Village of Sand Lake.

Morgan and his wife Beth live in Courtland Township and have three children, Sarah (married to Brad), Emily and Hannah, and are proud grandparents to Molly, daughter of Sarah and Brad.

The Michigan Right to Life, the Grand Rapids Realtors Association, and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce all have endorsed Morgan’s re-election bid.

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