Raines wins Montcalm County drain commissioner primary

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 10:27 am on Wednesday, August 08, 2012

STANTON — Money and experience were the two touchstones in the race for the Republican nomination for Montcalm County drain commissioner, but when the dust settled Tuesday, Sandy Raines — currently serving as chief deputy drain commissioner — came away with the win.

Raines of Sidney received 3,003 votes, compared to Dennis Lance of Carson City, who received 2,073 votes in the race for the Republican nomination. Raines will now go on to face Democratic challenger Shane Jacobs of Howard City in the Nov. 6 general election.

Upon learning of her win, Raines was quick to show appreciation of her supporters and compliment Lance on running a campaign free of acrimony.

“I’m extremely happy,” Raines said. “I’d like to thank the voters and all my supporters. I’d also like to thank Dennis; we both ran clean campaigns.”

Sandy Raines

Raines said she is still trying to decide which changes would best serve the county.

“I’m not really sure yet,” she said. “We have a good team, but I am going to make some changes. I just have to look at how we want to restructure.”

Lance said he was fairly happy with the number of votes he garnered and gave his best wishes to Raines for the future.

“Well, I had hoped to win,” Lance said. “But (Raines) is already in the office and I realized I was kind of the challenger here. I didn’t have a lot of money to campaign with, but we both ran good races and I wish her the best. I felt she ran a good campaign.”

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