2012 General Election Results


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

Kent County:

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)

Local (non-partisan):

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.

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