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.
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.
Results from contested elections and proposals for the Aug. 7, 2012, Primary Election.
The entire Reynolds Township Board is facing a challenge from five newcomers in the Aug. 7 primary election. Daniel Fisk is running against incumbent Supervisor Keith Grannis, Robin Sholty is running against incumbent Clerk Tina Porzondek, Jan Stevens is running against incumbent Treasurer Roger Stedman and Aaron Kindel and Willet “Bill” Smith are running against incumbent trustees Lee Olsen and Ann Yanke.
Residents of the village of Pierson will vote Aug. 7 on a second recall attempt in almost three months. Village President Karl Van Haren barely survived a recall attempt May 8. A total of 24 votes were cast against the recall of Van Haren, compared to 21 votes cast in favor of the recall. About 40 percent, or 45 of the village’s 112 registered voters, participated in that recall vote.
A Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services millage will be up for renewal in the Aug. 7 primary election. Voters will be asked whether 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.
Behind the rhetoric, finances and experience are the top two hot topics being addressed by Sandy Raines and Dennis Lance, the two Republican candidates for Montcalm County drain commissioner. The two will face off in the Aug. 7 primary election. The winner will face off against Shane Jacobs, a Democrat from Howard City, in the Nov. 6 general election.