It took until the wee hours of the morning due to some issues with the database at the County Clerk’s office but with a crew working through the night the election results finally became public and the races in Newaygo County were decided.
In the state senate race Jon Bumstead trailed Poppy Sias Hernandez pending the arrival of the Newaygo votes but a nearly 7000 vote margin in NC gave Bumstead the edge he needed to pull out the victory for the seat vacated by term limited Geoff Hansen
Scott Van Singel won a second term with more than 10,000 vote advantage over challenger Sandra Clarke.
Melissa Dykman will be the new Judge of Probate as she defeated Michael Paige 62%-38%.
The Central Dispatch proposal passed by a 58-42% margin while the Grant Police millage failed by 11 votes 143-132. Voters also turned down a White Cloud Library Bond Proposal and the Merrill Township operating millage.
Three new school board members will take their seats at Newaygo Public Schools with Jami Schultz, Tom Frisbie and Morgan Heinzman finishing in the top three of the eight candidates running for the board.
Matt Hendrie and Kim Rasch won seats on the Fremont School Board in an election that saw 5 candidates vying for the two positions
In the only county commission seat contested incumbent Jim Maike outpolled Brenda Bonter 65-35%. Four new county commissioners were elected with Brenda Bird, Burt Cooper, Ken DeLaat and Mike Kruithof each running unopposed as did current commissioners Bryan Kolk and Chuck Trapp.
While Proposal 1 the recreational marijuana ballot won in the statewide election voters in Newaygo County said no by about 200 while the redistricting proposal that won state approval by a wide margin received a one vote yes margin here. The third proposal regarding election changes won handily in the state and received approval locally by about 2000 votes.
Mike Farber garnered 59 of 61 Newaygo County votes cast for Hesperia Village President. Combined with Oceana County votes Farber was reelected.
For all Newaygo County results go to