More political ads were aired on one West Michigan TV station than anywhere else in the United States, but the majority of voters chose not to go to the polls Tuesday. Just 41 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters participated in the general election, down from almost 44 percent in the 2010 general election and 56 percent in the 2006 general election.
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Incumbent Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan successfully defeated Democratic challenger Fred Sprague of Alma in Tuesday’s election.
Throughout a district covering four counties, Emmons received 36,416 votes while Sprague received 27,234 votes, or 57 percent to 43 percent.
A millage renewal that will provide Montcalm Community College (MCC) with approximately $25 million in funding over 10 years was approved by voters Tuesday.
The millage passed with 11,928 “yes” votes to 8,051 “no” votes, or 60 to 40 percent.
State House incumbent Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, easily defeated his democratic challenger James Hoisington, D-Stanton, in Tuesday’s election.
Outman received 13,372 votes to Hoisington’s 8,282 votes, or 62 to 38 percent.
The sitting judge of Montcalm County 64B District Court was handily returned to the bench by voters Tuesday.
Judge Donald Hemingsen won the non-partisan election with 9,407 votes, compared to challenger Kathleen Dunne’s 4,568 votes, or 67 percent to 33 percent.
The incumbent Montcalm County commissioner for District 3 was overwhelmingly re-elected Tuesday.
Betty Kellenberger, R-Carson City, received 1,029 votes compared to challenger Nancy Jeffrey, D-Sheridan, who received 608 votes, or 63 percent to 37 percent.
The efforts of Ionia County Central Dispatch to add $200,000 to its annual budget to help upgrade equipment for its radio, phone and computer systems has paid off.
The proposal to increase the 911 monthly surcharge by 40 cents per month, from $1.90 to $2.30 per month, was passed by a vote of 10,134 (58.2 percent) to 7,273 (41.8 percent) in Tuesday’s election.
Voters in Montcalm County threw their support for road commissioner to Republican incumbent and Greenville resident Dale Linton with 10,085 votes for 61 percent of the vote.
Linton beat out Democratic challenger Shane Jacobs who garnered 6,293 votes or 38 percent.
Voters returned 86th District Republican candidate Lisa Posthumus Lyons to her post in Tuesday’s election.
Lyons beat out Democratic challenger Lynn Mason of Otisco Township by a vote of 20,273 to 10,518 with 41 of 41 precincts reporting.