IONIA — A pair of Republican incumbents and a Democrat earned two-year phrases on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night, in response to unofficial election outcomes.
Ionia County District One Commissioner and Board Chair David Hodges and District Three Commissioner Karen Banks, each Republicans, stored their seats through the Nov. Three normal election. Democrat Ally Cook dinner was elected as Ionia County District 4 commissioner — defeating Republican Bradley Hawley by 30 votes.
The elected county board will serve for 2 years earlier than being up for reelection in 2022. District One covers the town of Belding, Otisco Township and a part of Orleans Township; District Three encompasses Odessa, Campbell and Berlin townships and the village of Lake Odessa; and District 4 contains Easton Township and the town of Ionia.
Hodges defeated Democratic challenger Lynn Mason — receiving 2,500 votes to Mason’s 1,557. Hodges, of Otisco Township, has served on the county board since 2014. Hodges advised The Sentinel-Commonplace he’s glad the election’s over, saying that operating in opposition to Mason is “like operating in opposition to a buddy.”
“I wish to thank all of the voters for giving me the glory to serve two extra years and one other time period,” Hodges stated. “On the similar time, Lynn Mason ran marketing campaign. It’s actually too dangerous any person has to lose. We each have a robust want to serve.”
Banks acquired 3,364 votes in comparison with Democratic challenger Nelson Brown’s 1,299. Banks was appointed to the board in January to switch her husband, Jim Banks, who resigned on account of well being considerations. Banks additionally was reelected village president of Lake Odessa. She ran unopposed and acquired 645 votes. Banks has served on the Lake Odessa Village Council since 1994.
“I’m happy to be elected, or within the case of the village, reelected,” Banks advised The Sentinel-Commonplace. “I wish to thank the voters. They took their accountability critically on this election yr. I additionally wish to thank everyone who made this election potential — the township clerks, ballot staff and everyone who made positive this election went off and not using a hitch. I’m trying ahead to getting again to work for the residents of the village of Lake Odessa as properly District Three and the remainder of Ionia County.”
Cook dinner received by 30 votes — defeating Hawley, 1,893-1,863, to win the District 4 commissioner seat being vacated by Chris Bredice.
“It’s such an honor to have received the commissioner seat,” Cook dinner stated. “I ran an sincere marketing campaign and I’m grateful for all those that got here out to vote. I’m able to get to work.”
Cook dinner, of Ionia, would be the lone Democrat on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners. District Two Commissioners Larry Tiejema, District 5 Commissioner Scott Wirtz, District Six Commissioner Jack Shattuck and District Seven Commissioner Georgia Sharp — all Republicans — have been every reelected after operating unopposed.
Cook dinner, who additionally serves as Ionia metropolis clerk, stated she plans to proceed within the place however received’t search reelection. Her time period ends in 2021.
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