Montcalm County is quickly becoming The Right Place for economic development. The Montcalm Economic Alliance has raised more than $150,000 to hire a business development coordinator for the next three years with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization.
This village’s council interviewed the first of three finalists for village manager Monday evening. Daniel Faulkner was quizzed by all seven members of the Howard City Village Council. The village’s manager job is a part-time position.
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.
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.
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.
Republican John Moolenaar will fill 4th Congressional District seat vacated by retiring Dave Camp, having beaten out Democratic challenger Jeff Holmes by a vote of 123,487 to 85,492 with 385 of 387 precincts reporting in Tuesday’s election.
Camp has held the post since first being elected in 1990.
Randy Heckman has been chosen as the new president of this village.
Heckman received 242 votes in the non-partisan race compared to challenger Ken Thomas Sr., who received 146 votes, or 62 percent to 38 percent.