How did Newaygo County vote?
Mostly Republican per usual.
In fact over 12,000 of the 27,323 who made their way to our county polling places didn’t bother to go further than putting their mark on the Republican straight ticket option forgoing any glance at the partisan races. On the Democrat side a bit over 4000 did the same but the red votes held the clear edge in any two party contest.
The turnout in our fair county was epic as it was throughout most of the country, with nearly 77% of registered voters.
And while many county, township and city contests went uncontested, a sprinkling involved incumbents facing challengers in addition to school board races, proposals and millages throughout our portion of the bipeninsular paradise known as Michigan.
In Grant six candidates, including a late-to-the-party write in contender, vied for three school board spots. Rob Schuitema and Danette Obenauf joined incumbent Kris Lesley in winning 6 year terms on the board.
Newaygo’s school board had two openings and voters chose former NC Sheriff Mike Mercer and incumbent Melissa Swinehart for the 6 year positions.
Three current Fremont board members vied for two 6 year terms with Michael Campau and Peter Slovinski continuing with the board while Crystal Calkins will finish out her term ending December 31.
Longtime Lincoln Township Supervisor and radio host Buck Geno a Democrat, fell short in his bid for reelection as Republican Robin Rodarmer rode a 291-113 straight ticket advantage in township voting to capture the seat 403-319 and the 542 GOP straight ticket votes in Bridgeton provided more than enough cushion for Republican Elisha Szczepaniak to post a 685-453 win over long time Township Clerk Carolyn Drake, a Democrat.
Newaygo County voting in the National and State elections went as expected with Republicans getting the majority by far but as we write this Joe Biden is being projected as winning the state and the senate race was too close to call with incumbent Gary Peters holding a rather small lead over challenger John James.
For all Newaygo County Unofficial Election Results go here:
And we want to express our gratitude to NC Clerk Jason VanderStelt and all the clerks and election workers who performed admirably while adjusting to the many changes this election cycle brought forth amidst a pandemic.