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Barry County goes Republican in Tuesday's primary

Tuesday’s primary election cleared the way for the election of local office seekers in November.

If they are Republican and bested a Republican challenger, or had no competition within their party, they are virtually assured of a seat with few facing Democratic opposition.

With 24 out of 24 precincts reporting, the Barry County Clerk’s office reports the following figures. Totals from No Party Affiliation and the U.S. Taxpayers Party were not immediately available. The election results are unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers.



District 1: Howard R. Gibson (R) 1,071, Martha Reyff-Banash (D) 580

District 2: Catherine Getty (R) 1.463, Cody Hayes (D) 448

District 3: David Jackson (R) 1,309

District 4: Jon Smelker (R) 1,588, Rich Burtts (US Taxpayers) ****

District 5: Ben Geiger (R) 1,085

District 6: Vivian Lee Conner (R) 1,551

District 7: Bruce D. Campbell (R) 905, Ben McLeod (R) 448



Sheriff: Dar Leaf (R) 10,061

Register of Deeds: Barbara D. Hurless (R), 5,193, Jordan Brehm (D) 3,323, Heather L.Wing (R) 4,777

County Clerk: Pam Palmer (R) 9,872

Prosecutor: Julie Nakfoor-Pratt (R) 9,867

Drain Commissioner: Jim Dull (R) 6,833, Kyle Staines (R) 3,642

Treasurer: Susan VandeCar (R) 4,614, Jennifer Meyer (D) 3,309  Susan Vlietstra (R) 2,153, Justin Straube (R) 3,333

 Surveyor: Brian Reynolds (R) 9,539 




Supervisor: Mike Timmons (R) 163, Thomas J. Wing (R) 218

Clerk: Annette J. Terry (R) 230, Tandra S. Angus (R) 151

Treasurer: Terry Ryder Stephens (D) 86

Trustee: James D. Miller (R) (two seats) 345



Supervisor: Chad VanSyckle (R) 280

Clerk: Penelope J. Ypma (D) 75

Treasurer: Melissa L. VanSyckle (R) 275

Trustee: Michael Altoft (NPA) **** Gerard R. Ypma (R) 192, Aaron VanSyckle (R) 206 (two seats)



Supervisor: Wesley Kahler (R) 521, Rodney Dye (NPA) ****

Clerk: Debra Knight (R) 556,

Treasurer: Judith E. Wooer (R) 371, Michael Dye (R) 170, Ingrid Pagano (R) 92,

Trustee: Lee A. Campbell (R) 313, Barry Bower (R) 372, Ricky Lawrence (R) 212 (two seats)



Supervisor: Brad Carpenter (R) 433

Clerk: Amanda Brown (R) 431

Treasurer: Terri Geiger (R) 432

Trustee: Gary VandeCar (R) 265, Cary Smith (R) 219, Scott Bond (R) 221 (two seats)


Castleton: Supervisor: Cheryl Hartwell (R) 327

Clerk: Marcia Scramlin (R) 318

Treasurer: Joy E. Mulder (R) 317

Trustee: Earl M. Wilson (R) 247, H. Michael Trahan (R) 235 (two seats)


Hastings Charter:

Supervisor: Jim Brown (R) 311, James M. Partridge (R) 234

Clerk: Anita S. Mennell (R) 507

Treasurer:  Jenee S. Phillips (D) 171

Trustee: Timothy B. McNally (R) 362, Scott Savage (D) 169, William Wetzel (R) 353 (four seats)



Supervisor: Douglas E. Peck (R) 321, Joyce Snow (R) 250

Clerk: Deborah Jackson (R) 518

Treasurer: Arlene Tonkin (R) 521, Jolene Payne (D) 161

Trustee: David Messelink (R) 336, Matt Peake (R) 341, Wendee J.Wendt (R) 223 (two seats)



Supervisor: Jamie R. Knight (R) 359, Tim Ross (R) 325

Clerk: Sharon Olson (R) 622

Treasurer: Alesse Cross (D) 161

Trustee: Michael Buehler (R) 487, Dean Bass (R) 296, Rhonda VanPolen (R) 294 (two seats)



Supervisor: Barbara J. Earl (R) 379, Roy Thunder (R) 243

Clerk: Sheri M. Babcock (R) 564

Treasurer: Karmen Kay Nickerson (R) 579

Trustee: Deana M. Powell (R) 454, Jeffrey T. Warren (R) 435 (two seats) 


Maple Grove:

Supervisor: Jeff Butler (R) 214

Clerk: Holly Carpenter (R) 222

Treasurer: Ginger Cole (R) 221

Trustee: Larry Hook (R) 147, Doug Westendorp (R) 182 (two seats)



Supervisor: Thomas J. Rook (R) 613

Clerk: Mel Risner (R) 619

Treasurer: Michelle Ritchie (R) 605

Trustee: Linda Ribble (R) 302, Chad Kraai (R) 316,  Phillip Joseph (R) 110, Jodi L. Patrick (R) 283, Jake Bronson (R) 166 (two seats)



Supervisor:  Jim Stoneburner (R) 341, Mark A. Doster (R) 228

Clerk: Rod Gobel (R) 483

Treasurer: Judy Pence (R) 471

Trustee: Richard L.Van Niman (R) 235, Ted DeVries (R) 393, Mark D. Doster (R) 298 (two seats)


Office of Parks: Judith A. Risdon (D) 216, Scott Kuebler (R) 352,  Kevin Louden (R) 369,  Joanna Haneckow (D) 230, John Kurak (D) 210 (five seats)


Rutland Charter:

Supervisor: Larry Watson (R) 621

Clerk: Robin Hawthorne (R) 639

Treasurer: Sandra Greenfield (R) 623

Trustee: Sandra L. James (R) 425,  Marlin Walters (R) 220, Brenda Bellmore (R) 320,  Matt Spencer (R) 390,  Gene D. Hall (R) 365, Eric Miller (R) 307 (four seats)



Supervisor: Dan Parker (R) 673, Eric Schaefer (R) 568

Clerk: Cindy Willshire (R) 1,191

Treasurer: Debra K. Buckowing (R) 1,178

Trustee: Ross DeMaagd (R) 877, Curt Campbell (R) 888, Sandra L. Rairigh (R) 842 (three seats)



Supervisor: Jeffrey S. MacKenzie (R) 320

Clerk: Nancy Stanton (R) 317

Treasurer: Shawn K. Durkee (R) 333

Trustee: Gabriel Steward (NPA) **** Mikel Slater (R) 309 (two seats)


Yankee Springs:

Supervisor: Mark W. Englerth (R) 519, Rob Heethuis (R) 825

Clerk: Michael Scott Cunningham (R) 784, Ron Heilman (R) 482

Treasurer: Debra L Mousseau (R) 1,193

Trustee: Shanon VandenBerg (R) 581, Larry Knowles (R) 722, Dave Van Houten (R) 825 (two seats)



Barry Township asked for renewal of 2 mills ($2 per $1,000 of taxable value) for fire protection, 2020-2023, which would raise an estimated $260,000 the first year. Passed 627 to 221.

Barry Township also asked for renewal of 2 mills ($2 per $1,000 of taxable value) for police protection for 2020-2023 which would raise an estimated $260,000 the first year. Passed 572 to276


Carlton Township asks that 1.5 mills, reduced to 1.4925 mills by required millage rollbacks, be renewed and increased to the original voted 1.5 mills and levied for four years, 2020 through 2023, to provide fire protection in the township, raising an estimated $117,000 in the first year which a portion will be distributed to the Freeport Fire Association, Woodland Fire Association and the BIRCH Fire Department. Passed 447 to 147.


 Hope Township asked 1 mill for fire protection and cemetery maintenance (.75 mills for fire and .25 mills for cemetery), reduced to 0.944 mills by required rollbacks, be renewed and increased up to the original 1mill for four years, 2020 through 2023, raising an estimated $137,765 the first year. Passed 598 to 222.

Hope Township also asks that 1 mill, reduced to 0.994 mills by required millage rollbacks, be renewed and increased up to the original 1 mill for four years, 2020 through 2023, for road repair, maintenance and operating expenses, which would raise an estimated $137,765 the first year. Passed 573 to 246.


Irving Township asked for a renewal of 1.4566 mills for six years, 2021through 2026, for fire protection, which is estimated to raise $199,039 in the first year. Passed 562 to 204.


Johnstown Township asked for renewal of 0.7882 mills for the acquisition, operation and maintenance of fire protection and equipment, including fire and rescue equipment for the years 2020-2023, which is estimated to raise revenue of $84,845 in the first year. Passed 589 to 175.


Maple Grove Township asked for renewal of 1 mill for four years, 2020-2023, for dust control and road maintenance which is estimated to raise $45,000 the first year. Passed 201 to 101.

Maple Grove Township also asked for the renewal of 1 mill for four years, 2020-2023, for fire department apparatus, maintaining, housing and operations, raising an estimated $$45,000 the first year. Passed 250 to 52.


Orangeville Township asked for renewal of 0.75 mills for five years, 2022 through 2026, for fire department equipment, estimated to raise $120,121.35 in the first year, and become effective when current millage expires in 2021. Passed 673 to 191.


Rutland Township asked for a 1 mill increase for five years, 2020 through 2024, to maintain and improve public roads in the township and raise an estimated $158,814.25 in the first year. Passed 489 to 478.


Thornapple Township Thornapple Township asks for renewal of 1.7169 mills for four years, 2020-2023, for fire protection, emergency services and equipment which will raise an estimated $578,000 the first year. Passed 1,151 to 469.


Delton Kellogg Schools asked for renewal of an 18 mill levy on non-homestead property for five years, 2021-2025, to continue to receive its per pupil foundation revenue and an increase of 0.5 mills for the five years, for operating purposes to restore millage lost as the result of the edlee Amndment. Headlee Amendment. If approved, the levy is estimated to raise approximately $3,174,000 the first year. Passed 1,852 to 1,097.


In state and national races, Barry County voters heavily supported Republican candidates.

In the race for United States Senate seat, Republican John James gathered 10,008 votes; his opponent Democrat Gary Peters counted 3,696.


For the 87th State Legislative seat, Republican Julie Calley polled 10,142, Republican Jay Molette 3, 614.  For the 3rd U.S. Congressional seat county voters gave Democrat Hillary Scholten 3,619 votes. On the Republican side, Lynn Afendoulis got 2,293 votes; Joe Farmington, 520; Peter Meijer, 4,929; Thomas J. Norton, 2,499 and Emily Rafi, 501.



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