GREENVILLE — Dale Reyburn will be filling the District 1 seat vacated by outgoing commissioner Ron Blanding on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.
On Tuesday, voters selected Reyburn over candidate Brian Greene by a very narrow margin of 115 to 107 votes. Both candidates hail from Greenville.
Greene, 45, is executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Montcalm County and also serves on the Greenville City Council and Planning Commission. He has an associate’s degree in criminal justice and bachelor’s degree in business management.
During his campaign, Greene said he thought economic development is the most important issue facing Montcalm County in the future.
“I did expect the race to be close,” Green said on Tuesday night. “Dale is a good man; I’ve served with him on the Planning Commission. Neither of us really put out signs or anything, it’s all been word of mouth.
“I think we both did pretty good, considering the turnout,” he added. “I look forward to talking with him tomorrow and congratulating him. I was up for the challenge, but now I can concentrate on city business.”
Reyburn, 63, also serves on the Planning Commission. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Montcalm University and is a self-employed investment adviser representative with Consolidated Financial of Southfield. Reyburn has previously served as a county commissioner.
While campaigning, Reyburn vowed to maintain county services and focus on economic development.
“Money is always tight,” Reyburn said. “I hope to bring a level head to the job and help make the right decisions. You have to listen and weigh the different priorities.
“The police and sheriff department are very important things to me; our safety is very important, as is animal control. For now I’m going to get my feet wet and get acclimated again and find ways to help out the county.”