Politics

Jaimy Knowlton of Belding, front, fills out her general election ballot at the Belrockton Museum in Belding on Tuesday evening as several other Belding residents fill the voting booths casting their votes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Variety of problems caused delay in reporting Ionia and Montcalm election results

More than 60 percent of registered voters in Ionia and Montcalm counties exercised their right to vote Tuesday. Ionia County had 62 percent voter turnout, while Montcalm County had more than 61 percent voter turnout (down just a few percentage points from the 2008 presidential election).

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Pierson village president ousted by write-in

Karl Van Haren survived a recall, but a write-in candidate proved to be too much. The president of the Pierson Village Council was ousted from office Tuesday. Van Haren received 19 votes compared to write-in challenger Marshall Dillon, who received 21 votes, according to unofficial results.

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Anderson, Insley retain school board positions in Belding; Vestaburg, CC-C, Montabella, Tri County elect board members

After a long night of waiting for election results to trickle in throughout Ionia County, a close race for two spots on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education came to an end in favor of two incumbents.

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Montcalm County law enforcement millage fails

Despite continued crime throughout Montcalm County, voters decided to turn down a proposal in support of local law enforcement millage. A 0.6 millage proposal to generate $971,830 per year for two years for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was shot down Tuesday by 11,647 “yes” votes (48 percent) compared to 12,735 “no” votes (52 percent).

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Local Election Results (Area Proposals) 2:30 a.m.

AREA PROPOSALS IONIA COUNTY 911 OPERATING SURCHARGE PROPOSAL For the period beginning July 1, 2013 and continuing through the month of June in the year 2021, shall Ionia County be authorized to assess a monthly surcharge of up to Two Dollars and Forty Cents (not to exceed $2.40) on the monthly billings of landline, wireless [...]

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Local Election Results (School Boards) 9 a.m.

SCHOOL BOARD RACES Belding Area Schools-Nonpartisan  (2 positions) Cori Anderson Jennifer Boroff Thomas W. Cameron Robert Insley   CC-Crystal Area Schools-Nonpartisan  (1 position) Diane C. Demenov, Carson City 786 Randy L. Stearns, Riverdale 1,353   Montabella Community Schools-Nonpartisan  (1 position) Bill Burggren, Edmore 857 Don Havlicek, Home Township 438 Scott R. Parks, Remus 879   [...]

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Local Election Results (County Races) 2:30 a.m.

IONIA COUNTY Sheriff Dale A. Miller, R Gordy Douglas, D   MONTCALM COUNTY Drain Commissioner Shane Jacobs, D-Howard City 9,466 Sandra Raines, R-Sidney 13,884   Montcalm County Board of Commissioners District 1 Ronald C. Blanding, D-Greenville 1,084 Dale Reyburn, R-Greenville 857   District 5 Ronald Retzloff, R-Crystal 1,341 Jerome M. Duran, D-Edmore 1,049   District [...]

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Local Election Results (State Races) 2:30 a.m.

STATE OF MICHIGAN 70th District State Representative (38 of 39 precincts) Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes 17,104 Mike Huckleberry, D-Greenville 14,150   86th District State Representative (37 of 41 precincts) Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto 30,629 Brian Bosak, D-Caledonia 12,462   State Board of Education Todd A. Courser, R-Lapeer Melanie A. Kurdys, R-Portage Michelle Fecteau, D-Detroit Lupe [...]

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Local Election Results (President, Senate, House) 3 a.m.

UNITED STATES President 4,062 of 5,099 precincts – 80 percent Barack Obama, D-Ill. 1,963,038 – 53 percent Mitt Romney, R-Mass. 1,682,243 – 46 percent   United States Senator 4,062 of 5,099 precincts – 80 percent Debbie Stabenow, D-East Lansing 2,096,750 – 58 percent Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland  GOP 1,406,628 – 39 percent Representative in Congress 3rd District 209 of 311 [...]

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Local Election Results (Townships and Villages) 12 a.m.

KENT COUNTY Grattan Township Trustee (2 positions) Dennis Heffron, R-Belding 1,317 Paul Knoerl, R-Belding 1,169 Steve Hessler, Ind.-Belding 834 MONTCALM COUNTY Eureka Township  Supervisor Les Lillie, R-Greenville 921 Laura E. Shears, R-Greenville 902   Trustee  (4 positions) Jeremy Austin, R- Greenville 1,015 C. Brad Kelley, R-Greenville 1,038 Elaine Pendrick, R-Greenville 978 Rodney L. Roy, D-Greenville [...]