Bush wins Ionia County drain commissioner primary, prepares for final term

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 11:11 am on Wednesday, August 08, 2012

John Bush

IONIA — John Bush of Belding successfully won Tuesday’s primary election over challenger David Daniels of Lake Odessa to retain his role as Ionia County Drain Commissioner.

With 3,034 of 4,354 votes (70 percent) Bush easily won the Republican race. Bush has no Democratic opposition in November’s general election. He says this will be his last term as county drain commissioner.

“This is my 24th year as drain commissioner and it just goes to show the support that I have, I am very humbled by it,” he said. “When you serve the same people for that many years and they still like you, it’s a special feeling.”

Bush said he is excited to serve another four years and will continue to work hard to “keep public trust in the drain commissioner’s office.”

“I’m real happy that I’m going to do it for four more years,” he said. “This is the last hurray. My wife says that she has heard me say that twice before, but this time it’s true.”

Now that he has been re-elected, Bush said he will work to address the issue of aging tile drains and getting drains mapped and digitized, as well as keeping an eye on the high costs of state regulations and permit fees for local property owners.

Daniels did not return calls from The Daily News.

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