Apr. 15—HOLLAND — Holland Mayor Nathan Bocks announced Wednesday he will seek another term in office.
Bocks, a real estate and estate planning attorney who runs his own law firm, Central Park Law, was elected Holland's mayor in November 2019, defeating two-term mayor Nancy DeBoer.
"I love serving the people of Holland," Bocks said. "This has been an obviously unusual first elected term with COVID-19, but even with all of the limitations of COVID, we've been able to do a whole lot of things for the community."
Bocks pointed to the city council's 8-1 passage of a non-discrimination ordinance including gender identity and sexual orientation, progress toward meeting the need for more housing options in the city and finalization of the Waterfront Holland vision as a few accomplishments in the last year and a half.
In his next term, Bocks wants to continue to "encourage smart investment in the community," connect every resident to high-speed internet through a build-out of the Holland Board of Public Works' fiber system and continue Holland's "environmental leadership" through the Community Energy Plan.
Mayors in Holland are elected to two-year terms.
According to the city clerk's office, no one else has filed to run for mayor as of Wednesday.
Four city council seats are also up for re-election in November, the seats currently held by mayor pro tem and Ward 1 council member Myron Trethewey, at-large council member Quincy Byrd, Ward 3 council member Raul Garcia and Ward 5 council member Scott Corbin.
The filing deadline for candidates for the city election is 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 20. The city election is Nov. 2.
— Contact reporter Carolyn Muyskens at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @cjmuyskens.
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