3 elected to Stanton Commission


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:46 pm on Monday, November 14, 2011

STANTON —  A newcomer received the most votes Tuesday in the Stanton City Commission election.
Karl Yoder was elected to the board with 88 votes, or 24 percent of the vote. He will replace Bonnie Timiney, who didn’t run for re-election.
Incumbents Krista King and Don Smucker were re-elected to their positions, receiving 74 votes and 70 votes, respectively. Challengers Tresia Stearns and Jennifer Blum received 65 votes and 62 votes, respectively.
Yoder, 58, previously served as both council member and mayor of the small village of Potsdam, Ohio. He currently works for Chemical Bank and teaches business classes at Montcalm Community College.
“I’m grateful for the people who voted for me and I’m also grateful for the chance to serve the people of Stanton,” he said. “It gives me the chance to implement honesty, openness, perseverance and experience. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
Smucker, 69, has been a city commissioner for five years and is retired from the Michigan State University Montcalm Extension Office.
“We’ve got some big decisions ahead of us,” he said. “Repairing the water and sewer system is going to be expensive. That’s one of the challenges we’re facing. I’m looking forward to moving forward.”
King, 31, did not return calls seeking comment. She was appointed to the city commission in January and is a kindergarten teacher for Central Montcalm Elementary School.
City Manager James Freed extended his congratulations to King, Smucker and Yoder on their elections.
“I am extremely excited to continue working with this great team,” Freed said.

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