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Meet David

David LaGrand for Grand Rapids Mayor

David LaGrand was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 13, 1966. He began studies at Calvin College in 1984 and he supported himself throughout his higher education by starting his first business, a construction firm. During his time at Calvin College, David was actively involved in the student newspaper and created and funded a minority scholarship fund with other student leaders.

 

David graduated from Calvin College in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. After graduate work in History at the University of Michigan, David earned a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1992. When David returned to Grand Rapids, he worked at Warner, Norcross & Judd before serving for eight years as an Assistant Kent County Prosecutor. In the prosecutor’s office, David concentrated on upholding convictions on appeal and on prosecuting domestic violence crimes. 

 

In 2000, David joined Gerald Lykins to form a private law firm. In 2007, he joined with Chris Yates and Paul Denenfeld to form Yates, LaGrand and Denenfeld PLLC. Some of his greatest achievements involve working with his clients and their community to seek socially responsible solutions to the breach of law. 

 

David has also been active in the West Michigan business community. Shortly after returning to Grand Rapids in early 1994, David and Melissa and two college friends opened the successful Four Friends Coffee Shop in downtown Grand Rapids, at the leading edge of what has been a rapid revitalization of downtown. 

 

In 2002, the LaGrands and their neighbors opened the Wealthy Street Bakery in another revitalizing area of Grand Rapids. In 2013, the LaGrands and partners opened Long Road Distillers, which operates a distillery and restaurants in Grand Rapids and Grand Haven.

 

David served as Grand Rapids City Commission for the Second Ward between 2007 and 2010, helping the city through difficult economic times. David served as a State Representative between 2015 and 2022, where he was committed to building bipartisan consensus to achieve justice and opportunity for everyone. David authored and introduced Michigan's Clean Slate Laws and reforms to Child Protective Services to help keep families together and good parents off of a government watch-list.

 

David lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Melissa. They have four children, John (29), Issac (26), Helen (21), and Julia (18). He and his family are members of Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church.

Financial Disclosure

I have voluntarily disclosed my personal finances – ownership in real estate and businesses – because citizens have the right to know where their elected officials have financial interests. I have always been very careful to avoid conflicts of interest in my work representing the people of Grand Rapids and the citizens of Michigan. I believe that elected officials should be required to be transparent so citizens can monitor and consider the existence of real or apparent self-interested acts by their elected officials. I update this when there are material changes.

Grand Rapids does not require elected officials or candidates to disclose their finances. I am committed to changing that.

Other than our primary residence at 255 College Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI, 49503 and a home at 126 Lafayette Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, and our cars and bicycles, my wife Melissa LaGrand and I own the following substantial assets:

  • Vacation home at 3421 N. Lakeshore in Holland, MI which we also rent out.

  • 10% interest in an extended family vacation home in Park Township, Ottawa County, Michigan.

  • 100% interest in LaGrand Law: A law firm in Grand Rapids, MI. 

  • 51% interest in Long Road Distillers, LLC: A distillery in Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, Michigan. 

  • 100% interest in Marshall St LLC, Inc: A company owning a warehouse at 1600 Marshall St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, and a warehouse at 1750 Elizabeth Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI.

  • 100% interest in River Bed Investors LLC: A company owning a commercial property at 537 Leonard NE in Grand Rapids, MI.

  • 70% interest in Compass Distillers: A distillery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

  • 50% Investment in Proverbs 23:13 LLC, which owns a building at 1551 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI. 

  • 80% interest in 6 Friends LLC, which owns a building at 959 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI.

  • 100% share of Prospect St LLC, which owns a 3 unit apartment building at 151 Prospect St NE, Grand Rapids, MI and a 6 unit apartment building at 21 Gay St SE, Grand Rapids, MI.

  • 2000 Shares of Grand River Bank.

  • Retirement accounts holding shares of Berkshire Hathaway and Vanguard Index Funds.

  • 401K retirement money funds Franklin Templeton, ICMARC, and American Funds.

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