Kochville voters fill Board vacancies
November 13, 2006 —
Kochville Township voters filled four open positions on their Township Board but in the process created an additional vacancy.
Election records show that 1,064 out of 1,698 registered Kochville voters turned out to vote, a nearly 63 percent turnout rate. The above-average turnout numbers for a Congressional midterm election can likely be attributed to the open Board positions, which became available after a divisive recall election in August.
Democrat Patricia Bourdow easily defeated Republican Jerry Davis by a 646-387 margin to become the next supervisor. Bourdow, who was the only Board member not recalled in August, will have to give up her trustee seat.
It is expected that the trustee vacancy will be one of the first issues the Board will address at its Nov. 21 meeting.
Democrat Sheila Hill will become the next clerk in Kochville, soundly beating Republican Allan Bader, the interim clerk by a 630-379 margin.
Republican Crystal Kauer is coming back to serve as township treasurer. Kauer, who was recalled in August but stayed on the November ballot due to her nomination as treasurer on the same ballot, narrowly defeated write-in candidate Lyle Brewster 454-437.
Republican Randall Norton, the interim treasurer, will switch seats on the Board as he won the four-way contest for the open trustee seat by getting 347 votes. Norton defeated Democrat Cheryl Cowles, who received 237 votes, and non-partisan candidates Jim Loiacano and Rhonda Ferrell, who garnered 253 and 161 votes, respectively.
A majority of Kochville residents endorsed Proposals 1, 2, and 4, which received 79.6, 67, and 83.1 percent of the township vote, respectively.