Challenger Confronts Incumbent in Kentwood Commission Race



Incumbent Kentwood city commissioner, Ron Draayer, is being challenged by David Moore II for one of two seats on the Kentwood City Commission for the city’s Second Ward in the upcoming Nov. 7 general election. Draayer, a retired computer science and cybersecurity professor and Moore, a freelance writer, outlined their plans for their potential term in a series of responses to a local news outlet. Key issues included slowing down speeding in neighborhoods and school zones, supporting local first responders, and engaging with local residents to understand their needs.

Kentwood City Commission Election: Draayer vs Moore

In the upcoming Nov. 7 general election, incumbent Kentwood city commissioner Ron Draayer and challenger David Moore II square off for a Second Ward seat on the Kentwood City Commission. The victor will serve a nonpartisan, four-year term.

About the Candidates

Retired professor of computer science and cybersecurity, Draayer, 71, was elected to the city commission in 2019. His involvement in community service extends to the Kent County Homeland Security Local Planning Team and the Kent County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Moore, 46, a freelance writer with a degree in biblical studies, has served on the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission for over five years. He also volunteers with Family Promise, assisting those experiencing homelessness.

Candidates’ Perspective

Both candidates were asked why they’re running for office, how they would address the greatest challenges, and their strategies to remain accountable to the public between elections.

Draayer expressed a desire to continue serving the city’s diverse population and utilize his leadership skills to help Kentwood thrive. Moore highlighted his personal investment in the city as a father of eight and his experience in communications management.

When asked about Kentwood’s greatest challenges, Moore emphasized financial support for first responders and public safety, while Draayer focused on reducing speeding in neighborhoods and school zones.

To maintain accountability, Draayer pledged to remain accessible to residents, addressing their concerns personally. Moore proposed a volunteer sub-committee of residents to voice concerns directly to the City Commission.

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