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Nathan Bocks Is The Only Choice For Holland

By Kathleen Schenck
November 5, 2019

Holland Weekly endorses Nathan Bocks for mayor.

We refer you to www.bocksformayor.com to see for yourself what good things Bocks has been up to, and why.

And we refer you to any number of news stories discussing DeBoer’s missteps with gays and lovers of basic human rights: https://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20191010/completely-untrue-and-illogical-deboer-holmes-circulate-false-lgbt-flier-ahead-of-city-election and https://whtc.com/news/articles/2019/oct/11/holland-campaign-flyer-draws-fire/946466/.

According to The Sentinel, “DeBoer was one of several council members in 2011 who voted against adding protections for LGBTQ residents in the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, which was voted down 5-4.”

Nathan Bocks takes a very different stance on gay rights. Via email he explains, “One of the pillars of our campaign is that we want to celebrate the value of everyone who calls Holland home. That includes the LGBTQ+ community. I have been clear that if (a) city ordinance like the one proposed and voted down in 2011 came before council again, I would vote for it. And I would encourage council to revisit the issue.”

Take a walk through a Holland neighborhood and you will see dueling signs: “Bocks for Mayor” on one lawn, “Re-elect DeBoer” on the next.

I am saddened each time I learn which neighbor supports DeBoer.

It is 2019, Holland. It’s one thing to celebrate tulips in wooden shoes while mopping asphalt. It’s another thing to openly discriminate. Which side of history do we want to be on?

Vote Bocks November 5 at a polling place near you.