Rons sweep Montcalm County Board of Commissioners races


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:35 am on Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Three Rons were elected to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners in contested races Tuesday.

Ronald Blanding

In District 1, Democrat Ron Blanding of Greenville received 1,084 votes (55 percent) over Republican Dale Reyburn of Greenville, who received 857 votes (44 percent).

“I appreciate everyone’s support,” Blanding said. “As long as I have my health and the people’s support, I’d like to keep going.

“Dale and I have been friends on the Greenville Planning Commission and we had coffee this morning and we’re still friends,” Blanding added. “We’ve been friends before and we’re going to be friends after. We get along fine.”

“I’ve been beaten by a good friend,” Reyburn said. “I’ve enjoyed running against Ron because of his attitude. I worked very hard. I personally knocked on lots of doors and met lots of nice people. I wish to thank all those who voted for me. I appreciate the thoughtfulness they put into their votes. I would have enjoyed representing the people of Greenville, but they have a good representative in Ron.”

In District 5, Republican Ron Retzloff of Crystal received 1,341 votes (56 percent) over Democrat Jerome Duran of Edmore, who received 1,049 votes (44 percent).

Ron Retzloff

“I wasn’t expecting anything one way or another, to be honest, because it was such a new area with the redistricting,” Retzloff said. “I’m glad for the support of the people. They’ve given me some more time and hopefully I can get a couple more things accomplished, including with Animal Control.”

Retzloff was disappointed the Montcalm County law enforcement millage proposal failed.

“This will create a new challenge for law enforcement,” he said. “I have been talking with some senators and representatives to see if we can use our good relationship with the Michigan State Police to help the situation.”

Duran could not be reached for comment.

Ron Baker

In District 7, Republican Ron Baker of Howard City received 1,487 votes (62 percent) over Democrat Marjorie Morgan of Howard City, who received 918 votes (38 percent).

“It’s because of all my good constituents,” said Baker of his victory. “I go over there (to the county seat in Stanton) and try. We’ve still got some things to do and we’ve got to work on them. We’ve got budget issues and staffing issues and the law enforcement coverage is a serious issue.”

Morgan could not be reached for comment.

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