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Grand Rapids elects first female mayor

August 5, 2015
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Rosalynn Bliss
Rosalynn Bliss.

The people of Grand Rapids have elected the city’s first female mayor.

Rosalynn Bliss reportedly surpassed the 50-percent threshold in yesterday’s primary election needed to avoid a November runoff.

Bliss has served as the commissioner for the city's Second Ward since 2006.

Former city commissioner and state lawmaker Robert Dean came in second with 30 percent of the vote.

Bliss is set to follow Mayor George Heartwell, whose tenure will end after 12 years due to term limits. He endorsed Bliss.

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