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Grand Rapids City Commission selects Bing Goei as Third Ward Commissioner

At Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting, the City Commission selected Bing Goei to fill the vacant Third Ward seat on the Commission.

The Grand Rapids City Commission selected Bing Goei, the founder of the Goei Center and CEO of Eastern Floral, Tuesday to fill the vacant Third Ward seat on the City Commission.

Goei, who will be the first Asian-American to serve on the Grand Rapids City Commission, will serve out the remainder of the term for this position—a period of eight months.

The seat was left open after former Commission Nathaniel Moody's resigned in December 2023.

The term for the Third Ward City Commission seat expires on Dec. 31 and will be up for election later this year. Goei has indicated that he does not intend to run for the seat.

“This has been a transparent and thoughtful process and I am grateful for members of our Committee on Appointments for their work,” Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said in a press release Tuesday morning. “I also congratulate Mr. Goei on his selection as our next Third Ward commissioner. He has been an active member of our community for decades and I trust he will represent the residents of the Third Ward to the best of his ability here on the City Commission.”

The Commission is expected to formally approve the appointment and swear in Goei at tonight's Commission Night Out meeting at Harrison Park Academy in the First Ward. 


Updated, 11:53 a.m. 3/19/24, correction of Mayor Bliss's quote


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