By Mike Taylor, Elisabeth Waldon and Curtis Wildfong
Daily News staff writers
Tuesday’s election saw an assortment of newcomers and familiar faces voted into office in Belding, Carson City, Greenville and Stanton.
Belding voters sent two incumbents back to the city council while replacing the third with a new face.
Mike Scheid and Ron Gunderson were re-elected to the council with 204 votes and 200 votes, respectively. Jerome Lallo, a newcomer, received 175 votes to be elected.
Incumbent Andrea Belding lost her position after receiving only 145 votes. Amy Thomas, another newcomer, received 123 votes.
“I’m sort of at a loss for words,” said Lallo about being elected. “I’m excited and very happy. I met a lot of amazing people on the way door to door. I’m going to work hard for them, I really am. And I’m going to work hard for the city of Belding.”
Gunderson also was pleased at being elected. This was his first official time being elected, as he was originally appointed to the board two and a half years ago.
“I want to thank all the people who believe in me and what I’m doing for the city,” Gunderson said. “I’m looking forward to the next five years.”
Scheid could not be reached for comment.
There were no names on the ballot in Carson City, but that didn’t stop voters from coming to the polls to vote for write-in candidates. A total of 165 people — or 21 percent of the city’s registered voters — participated in the election.
Neil Kapuskta, Kurt Keiffer and Chad Parmenter were elected to the Carson City Council with 140 votes, 91 votes and 85 votes each, respectively. Challenger Russell Stanton reeived 75 votes.
Kapustka, who is currently the mayor pro-tem on the Carson City Council, said he worked hard to get his name out there for re-election as a write-in candidate.
“I spent about five hours yesterday (Monday) knocking on doors all over town,” said Kapustka, while taking a break from his second shift job as a corrections officer at the Carson City Regional Correctional Facility on Tuesday evening. “You just have to work a little bit harder. It puts you in perspective that you’re representing the people.
“I look forward to representing Carson City to the best of my ability,” he added. “I’d like to thank everyone who came out and voted and supported me.”
Keiffer and Parmenter could not be reached for comment.
Mayor Bruce Tasker received 131 write-in votes in his unopposed bid for re-election.
Mayor John Hoppough and Councilman Lloyd Scoby each received 264 votes and 246 votes, respectively, in their unopposed bids for re-election to the Greenville City Council.
A total of 307 people — about 11 percent of Greenville’s registered voters — voted in the city’s election.
Ninety-five people — 12 percent of the city’s registered voters — participated in the Stanton City Commission election.
Krista King, Karl Yoder and write-in candidate Lewis Corwin were elected with 49 votes, 48 votes and 44 votes each, respectively. Write-in challengers Everett Ray Holloway, Jane Basom and Tresia Stearns each received 31, 28 and 12 votes, respectively.
King was thrilled to be re-elected to her second term.
“I’m pretty excited,” King said. “We got a lot of work done in the past two years and I’m excited to see where the next two years take the city of Stanton.”
Yoder thanked Stanton voters for re-elected him as well.
“I will continue to be the same diligent watchdog over finances and make sure expenditures are appropriate,” he said. “I’m thankful they (voters) had confidence in me.”
Corwin ran as a write-in and newcomer to the city commission.
“I’m very thrilled to be elected to this position and I’m looking forward to working with the city and with the community,” he said. “This is a new deal for me.”
Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws received 63 voters in her unopposed bid for re-election.