LEE TWP. – Voters recalled Supervisor Kristy Gustafson and Trustee Darla Rippee in a special election on Tuesday.
Although many supporters of the recall vote expressed several concerns, recall sponsors cited votes cast by Gustafson and Rippee regarding waste management services at a March 8, 2021 board meeting as the reason. of their dismissal.
“I am very happy to have the opportunity to bring about change within our township,” Kruger said, shortly after learning the vote total. “My goal has been, and always will be, to provide transparency and a voice for residents. Voters demand and demand this from their supervisor and trustee.”
Two years of tension and animosity between residents and township officials culminated in the May 3 vote. The special election saw a 66% turnout, with 2,188 voters out of the township’s 3,296 registered voters.
Gustafson told the Daily News that she does not plan to run for mayor again. She wished “good luck” to the new directors on the board.
“I will always work for the people of Lee Township because I care,” she said Tuesday night.
Kruger will take the township position for the first time, having received 875 votes. He told the Daily News he was looking forward to completing a forensic audit of the township clerk and treasurer’s financial records, recruiting employees for vacancies in the township and restoring the park to its “glory” after years of closure.
A total of 220 votes went to incumbent Gustafson.
Admin votes had the largest margin, with 883 votes for the listing and 210 votes for Rippee.
Midland County Results: First Precinct
Supervisor: 421 Kruger, 132 Gustafson
Administrator: 429 List, 124 Rippee
Constituency Two Results
Supervisor: 454 Kruger, 88 Gustafson
Administrator: 454 List, 86 Rippee
Midland County Clerk Ann Manary said Tuesday’s votes went at a steady pace with no conflict at the Lee Township Hall. As county elections official, she also told the Daily News that she helped process mail-in ballots and close polling places.
The county offers election results through a website called Election Reporting. The results will be available when all the ballots at the precinct counting offices and postal votes are tabulated, according to the site.
Kruger was the sponsor of the approved petitions, which circulated for voter signatures.
Some residents supportive of the process considered recalling Treasurer William Stewart, but ultimately he was ineligible under state law. Stewart also voted with Gustafson and Rippee to approve the deal with Republic Services for curbside garbage collection, according to minutes from the March 8, 2021, board meeting.
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