by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL
Finally the deluge of political phone calls and television commercials have ended. Both political parties, in order to promote their respective candidates and programs, have spent obscene millions of dollars. The proverbial “fat lady” has now sung and the results are in.
Of interest to readers in the Squire’s circulation area are the following general election results.
President: Barack Obama (D),
re-elected to a second term
US Senator: Debbie Stabenow (D), re-elected
3rd Congressional Dist. Representative:
Justin Amash (R), re-elected
73rd District State Representative:
Pete MacGregor (R), re-elected
74th District State Representative:
Rob VerHeulen (R), 1st term
Prosecuting Attorney: William Forsyth (R), re-elected
Sheriff: Larry Stelma (R), re-elected
Clerk/Register of Deeds:
Mary Hollinrake (R), re-elected
Drain Commissioner: William Byl (R)
County Commission 1st District: Theodore Vonk (R)
Rockford City Council – 3 open seats:
Brien Dews, re-elected w/986 votes
Tammy Bergstrom, 1st term w/ 953 votes
Gail Mancewicz, 1st term w/791 votes
Rockford Public School Board – 2 open seats:
Lisa Kreager, w/10,082 votes
Randal Sellhorn, w. 8,064 votes
Under the able direction of Rockford City Clerk Chris Bedford, Rockford election inspectors/poll workers equated themselves quite well on Election Day. Although lines were long at times, delays were nowhere as long as seen elsewhere in the state and across the country. It was a hectic day for poll workers from start to finish. Never the less the Rockford election workers, in both Precincts 1 and 2, were able to close their doors promptly at 8 p.m. with no one standing in line.
Kent County reported an overall turn out of 68% of registered voters cast their vote on Election Day. Bedford proudly reports that here in Rockford 75% or 2,990 (out of 3,950) registered voters performed their civic duty. Of note, a record number of 901 voters chose to cast an absentee ballot.
Not everyone is happy with the results of this year’s general election but that’s the way it is in a democracy. Let’s all pray that all concerned can, and will, work together with one another for the good of our City, our State, and our Nation.
God Bless America.