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Quick Look: Some Kalamazoo area election results at a glance


Here is a quick look at local outcomes from various races. Check back for updates:

In Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners results, incumbents Brandt Iden, John Zull, Phil Stinchcomb, John Patrick Taylor, Michael Seals, Jeff Heppler and Carolyn Alford all survived challenges. David Buskirk and David Maturen were unopposed. Newcomer Roger Tuinier will all assume a seat on the newly streamlined Kalamazoo County Board.

Kalamazoocity voters passed Charter Amendment 7, which clears the way for three medical marijuana dispensaries inside the city limits. However, a state ban on the outlets will keep them from opening - at least for now.  The measure was passed heartily - by over 6800 votes. All other Kalamazoo Charter Amendments - essentially considered housekeeping issues - were all passed by wide margins.

Kalamazoo Transit Authority officials were concerned about potential challenges to getting the Metro Transit millage renewal passed, though voters didn't seem to have much trouble with it. The six-tenths of a mill renewal for bus operations was passed widely - by a margin of more than 6600 votes.

In other area races, Carl Newton has been elected mayor ofGalesburg, defeating incumbent Sheila Garrett. Three Galesburg City Council positions will go to Craig Newton, Douglas Smilh and Richard Butler.  Former transportation official Ron Reid is the new Kalamazoo Township Supervisor. Reid ran uncontested. Four Democrats all picked up seats on the Kalamazoo Township Board: Pamela Goodacre, Steven Leuty, Don Martin and Mark Miller.

Kalamazoo County Treasurer Mary Balkema survived a challenge from Democrat Grace Borgfjord (BORG-fee-yord). The early results showed a neck-and-neck race for Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner, though in the end Patricia Crowley pulled way ahead - defeating Nasim Ansari by more than 23-thousand votes. Kalamazoo County Clerk Tim Snow came out ahead of challenger Democrat Brian Johnson, winning by just over 2000 votes.

It's still too close to determine if Public Act 4 will stay in place or be tossed out.  As of 3 a.m. Eastern, Proposal 1 was going down to defeat by a small margin, but there was still nearly 20-percent of the vote yet to be counted in the state.  If the proposal loses, PA4, which is the state's emergency manager law, will be tossed out.  Republicans in the state Legislature say they will work quickly in the lame duck session to craft a replacement if the early morning margin holds.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller was returned to office by voters on Tuesday. Fuller was challenged by another member of the department - Republican Ward Lawrence. Lawrencewas endorsed by former sheriffs Michael Anderson and Tom Edmonds, but fell short of unseating Fuller by over 12-thousand votes.