Two out of three Pierson Village Council members survived a recall vote Tuesday — barely. Rebecca Starr held onto her seat with a vote of 8-11, while Verna Smigiel also held onto her seat with a vote of 9-10. Duane Griffes, however, was recalled by a vote of 11-8.
John Bush of Belding successfully won Tuesday’s primary election over challenger David Daniels of Lake Odessa to retain his role as Ionia County Drain Commissioner. With 3,034 of 4,354 votes (70 percent) Bush easily won the Republican race. Bush has no Democratic opposition in November’s general election. He says this will be his last term as county drain commissioner.
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.
Voters overwhelmingly approved renewing a Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services millage Tuesday.Voters were asked to approve renewing 0.75 mills over three years to provide funds for maintenance and operations of ambulance and medical first response services from 2013 to 2016. Residents will pay 75 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value on their property.
Tonda Rich of Belding successfully fended off challenger James Lower of Ionia in her bid to be the Republican candidate for Ionia County Clerk in Tuesday’s primary election. Rich finished with 2,457 of 4,543 total votes (54 percent) to win the election against Lower, and with no Democratic challenger, Rich’s re-election bid for another four years was secured as Tuesday night came to an end.
Ionia County Undersheriff Dale Miller of Lake Odessa successfully won Tuesday’s primary election against write-in candidate Curt Read of Fenwick, landing himself on the Republican ticket for the general election in November.
Voters in Reynolds Township were ready for a change and they said so resoundingly Tuesday. The entire five-member Reynolds Township Board was overwhelmingly ousted by five challengers. Nearly 30 percent of the township’s registered voters participated in Tuesday’s primary election.
Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause will remain in her position after winning Tuesday’s Republican primary. Krause, who will now enter her fourth term in office, received 3,577 votes against challenger Ronald Finegood, who received 1,780 votes. She faces no opposition in November’s general election.
Money and experience were the two touchstones in the race for the Republican nomination for Montcalm County drain commissioner, but when the dust settled Tuesday, Sandy Raines — currently serving as chief deputy drain commissioner — came away with the win.
Primary election results rolled in Tuesday night after a day at the polls for Montcalm County residents. Montcalm County commissioner winners in Republican primaries were Dale Reyburn, Tom Lindeman, Ron Braman and Steve DeWitt.