ORLEANS — Scott Wirtz of Fenwick won a three-man race over Kenneth Thompson of Orleans and Chad Murphy of Orleans in Tuesday’s primary election for the Republican candidate for Ionia County Commissioner District 5.
Wirtz won the election with 248 votes (47 percent) against 123 votes (23 percent) for Thompson and 115 (22 percent) for Murphy.
There were 44 write-in votes.
Being that the seat for County Commissioner District 5 was open and that there was no Democratic challenger, Wirtz will now represent Orleans, Ronald and Ionia townships as the newest county commissioner.
“I appreciate the folks that did vote for me and am very happy,” Wirtz said. “There were a couple of good candidates running against me and I thought it would be a tight race. I do appreciate the trust that people put in me and I will try to do a good job.”
Wirtz said this was his first run for a position in public office and he is looking forward to making a difference as one of the counties new commissioners.
Thompson said he was disappointed to hear the outcome, but will use this experience to possibly prepare for a future campaign.
It was a good effort, and we appreciate the support, but the other man won,” he said. “You sit back and get ready for the next one. I do want to thank those who came out to vote at large.”
Murphy was not available for comment.