Kent County fills vacant commissioner seat


Mandy Bolter.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Thursday morning to fill the District Five seat left vacant by the resignation last month of Commissioner Sandi Frost Steensma.

The county board selected Mandy Bolter of Cascade Township, who has 16 years of experience in public service on the local and state levels.

She had vied for the appointment with Steven Cole of Lowell.

Bolter worked as the West Michigan liaison to the Michigan Senate Majority Leader from 2006 through 2009, and most recently was the legislative director for State Rep. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford).

She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University and completed the Michigan Political Leadership Program through Michigan State University.

“I am honored to be part of such a great group of people, working to keep our county the best place to live, work, start a business and raise a family,” Bolte said. “I couldn’t be more excited and anxious to get to work for the people of the 5th District.”

“Ms. Bolter has a great insight into the workings of our state legislature,” said Dan Koorndy, county board chair. “She will be an outstanding advocate for the county and her district. We look forward to having her level of experience and knowledge help move Kent County forward.”

Steensma stepped down to focus on her business and her new role on the Board of Trustees for Lake Superior State University.

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