By Sue Moore
Kalamazoo County went heavily blue for Democrats in some mid-term races last Tuesday, including rejection of Republican State Senator Margaret O’Brien’s bid for a second term. She lost to Democrat Sean McCann.
In contrast, the voters stayed with Republican state representatives in the 61st and 63rd districts, handing Brandt Iden his seat for a third term. Matt Hall won an overwhelming victory in the 63rd.
Further down the ballot, two elections that meant a lot locally were for Vicksburg’s Village Council and Schoolcraft’s school board. Rick Holmes, Carl Keller and Julie Merrill beat Denny Olson and Ron Smith for Vicksburg council four-year terms. In Schoolcraft, Darby Fetzer and Rachel Phelps edged out Michael Rochholz and Wade Rutkoskie for six-year school board terms.
John Gisler retained his seat on the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners but will be one of just three Republicans on the 11-member board that went overwhelmingly for Democrats.
In Wakeshma Township, the request for a 10-year road repair millage passed convincingly with 354 yes votes vs. 191 no votes.
Following are the actual vote counts:
Dist. 8, County Board
|John Gisler||Republican Party||6,043|
|Cody Dekker||Democratic Party||4,249|
Vicksburg Village Council
|Carl E. Keller||569|
|Ronald D. Smith||423|
Schoolcraft School Board
61st State Rep District
|Brandt Iden||Republican Party||24,009|
|Alberta Griffin||Democratic Party||22,725|
63rd State Rep District
|Matt Hall||Republican Party||22,709|
|Jennifer Aniano||Democratic Party||15,807|
|Ronald Hawkins||Libertarian Party||1,059|
|John Anthony La Pietra||Green Party||557|
20th State Sen District
|Margaret O’Brien||Republican Party||48,197|
|Sean McCann||Democratic Party||60,523|
|Lorence Wenke||Libertarian Party||5,273|
6th Congressional District
|Fred Upton||Republican Party||147,314|
|Matt Longjohn||Democratic Party||134,069|
|Stephen J. Young||U. S. Taxpayers Party||11,923|