The most divisive presidential election in recent history resulted in a decrease in voter turnout for both Ionia and Montcalm counties Tuesday. Ionia County saw a 61 percent turnout, while Montcalm County was not much better at just under 63 percent.
Voters in three Montcalm County townships and the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district approved a handful of fire, road and school millage ballot proposals Tuesday.
A former prosecutor appointed judge was handily elected to the bench Tuesday. Voters chose Ron Schafer of Portland to preside over the 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which rotates between Ionia and Montcalm counties.
Republican candidate Jim Lower of Cedar Lake defeated Democratic challenger Ken Hart of Alma in Tuesday’s race for 70th District state representative.
Incumbents in Michigan’s 3rd and 4th Congressional districts were easily re-elected to office Tuesday. Voters returned Justin Amash, a Republican, to the 3rd District, which covers portions of Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.
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When The Daily News utilized the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) as part of primary election coverage this summer, Montcalm County sued this newspaper. Now, state legislators are working on amending the law to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
State House candidate Jim Lower had the opportunity to talk conservation with potential constituents Monday evening. Twin Ponds Sports Shop in Stanton hosted what was supposed to be a candidate forum to talk about various conservation issues that affect the 70th District and the state of Michigan as a whole. However, Lower of Cedar Lake was the only candidate to attend.
onservation conscious people will get the chance to hear from 70th District State House candidates at a forum Monday evening. Twin Ponds Sports Shop in Stanton is hosting the forum in partnership with the Mid-Michigan Sportsmen’s Alliance (MMUSA). It starts at 6:30 p.m. and is set to conclude at 8:30 p.m. It is their hope the forum will feature both the Republican candidate Jim Lower and the Democrat candidate Ken Hart.
Montcalm County saw its highest voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election in more than a decade Tuesday. A total of 23 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters — 9,844 people — participated at the polls. Past primary elections saw 15 percent in 2014, 17 percent in 2012, 21 percent in 2010, 17 percent in 2008 and 11 percent in 2006.