By N3 News
And another primary election is in the books.
In Newaygo County the turnout was predictably low with 72% of registered voters sitting this one out.
Well, if you don’t mind your governmental leadership being decided by a small group of voters or perhaps you remain apathetic about who is sitting in those decision making seats there is no need to read on.
Let’s say you belong to a condo co-op, or maybe a pickleball club. There are 100 voting members. Unfortunately only 28 are allowed to vote, thus a majority of 15 people get to make the decisions for the 100 members.
Of course it feels frustrating because quite often the votes go drastically against what you want. Suddenly the condos begin to allow weekly fireworks and couches on porches while banning visits from grandkids
Or maybe the pickleball group has decided to require 4.5s to partner with 3.0s or lower for all matches (It’s a p-ball thing) while also opting to restrict players over the age of 60 from all morning play.
You’re not happy, right? We get it.
But there’s nothing you can do because you agreed to allow 15 voters to dictate the rules.
As was done in this recent election, you ceded the authority to them.
By not voting.
Home Township had the best turnout at 41% with 93 of their 225 voters finding their way to the polls. Big Prairie Township (18%) and the city of Newaygo (19.5%) were the lowest.
Here are the unofficial results of contested races. Numbers are from the Republican side with the Democrats on the ballot running unopposed.
You can find all the Newaygo County results at
Paul Mellema 816
Amber Wakefield 436
Burt Cooper 67
Ken DeLaat 503
Lavern Willett 460
Thomas Smith 181
Brenda Bird 788
John Clark 659
D2 Brian Kolk
D3 Chuck Trapp
D4 Jim Maike
D7 Mike Kruithof
101st District State Representative- Republican (Numbers on right side are Newaygo County votes)
Joseph Fox 5011 3404
Kelly Smith 4840 2739
Diane Schindlbeck 4082 2365
Chad Pierce 1119 499
101st District State Representative-Democrat
Amanda Siggins ran unopposed
33rd District State Senator
Rick Outman (R) and Mark Bignell (D) ran unopposed
Governor- Republican (Numbers on the right side are Newaygo County votes)
Tudor Dixon 134,438 3083
Kevin Rinke 68,466 1436
Garrett Soldano 63,250 1563
Ryan Kelley 51,937 2654
Ralph Rebandt 13,641 352
Gretchen Whitmer ran unopposed
US Representative-Republican (Numbers on the right are Newaygo County votes)
John Moolenaar 77,391 5399
Thomas Norton 41,272 3397
US Representative- Democrat
Jerry Hilliard ran unopposed