Holland mayor not seeking re-election

Kurt Dykstra. (Courtesy City of Holland)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra has announced that he will not run for re-election.

In an open letter to the residents of Holland, Dykstra cited recent positive events in his family and professional life as the reason for not seeking re-election for his fourth term as mayor of Holland.

The announcement comes just a week before nominating petitions must be filed with the city clerk in order for candidates to be on the ballot in the November 2015 city elections.

Dykstra has served for over ten years in elected office in the City of Holland — as the Fifth Ward Councilmember (2005-09) and then as Holland’s 40th Mayor (2009-2015).  He also represents the City of Holland on the Holland Planning Commission, the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, the West Michigan Regional Airport Authority, the Holland SmartZone Local Development Authority, and the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce.

He is the Senior Vice President and Holland Community President of Mercantile Bank.  He and his wife, Leah, have two teenage daughters.

The following is the full letter from Mayor Kurt Dykstra:

April 14, 2015
To the People of Holland:
For over ten years, you have given me the privilege of serving you on the City Council – first as a Councilmember and, since 2009, as your Mayor. Thank you for the opportunity and honor of electing me to those offices. It has been an unspeakable pleasure to try to provide the kind of leadership that this incredible city expects and deserves.

However, I will not be seeking re-election this coming November. Over the past few days, positive events have occurred in my family and professional life; these events, however, mean that I will not seek re-election. While at present I cannot share with you the details of those events, within a few weeks they will be announced. Hopefully those details will answer any of your questions about this decision and announcement.

Why, then, am I making this announcement at this time if I cannot share many details with you? In short, Michigan law requires that candidates seeking office this November must have their nominating petitions turned in by Tuesday, April 21, 2015. In fairness to you as residents of this city – as well as to those who might consider seeking the office of mayor – I believe that it is my obligation to inform you of my decision in as timely a manner as possible.

Thank you again for the privilege of serving you for over a decade. I have enjoyed and appreciated it greatly. Holland, Michigan, is a wonderful and unique place. May it continue to be so long into the future.

With highest regards,
Kurt D. Dykstra

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