2011-05-14 / News

May 3 Election Seats Margaret Doud for 36th Year as Island Mayor

Margaret Doud begins her 36th year as mayor of Mackinac Island, earning 98 votes more than challenger Gabe Cowell in the election Tuesday, May 3. Mr. Cowell was the first candidate to challenge the mayor’s seat since 1992. Mayor Doud had 241 votes and Mr. Cowell earned 143 votes.

“I’m just grateful for the continued support of so many of the Island people,” said Mayor Doud, “and I certainly will continue to serve all the people of Mackinac.”

Armin Porter, with 215 votes, retained his seat on city council and Anneke Myers, with 238 votes, will fill the spot vacated by Jason St. Onge, who did not seek reelection. They were the top two vote getters, outpacing Ben Horn, who had 160 votes, and Allan Arbib with 63 votes.

Mrs. Myers will serve on council for the first time, although she had narrowly lost the spot to Mr. St. Onge in 2008 following a recall that ended with a two-vote difference.

“This is not my first attempt and I appreciate the confidence the residents placed in me,” said Mrs. Myers referring to the 2008 election. “I look forward to serving. I’m looking forward to getting on with the work and working with the council and the mayor.”

The seat of city clerk also was contested this year, with Karen Lennard earning 271 votes while challenger Linda Price received 117 votes.

Terry Andress, with 183 votes, retained her seat on the school board. Newcomer Jack Armstrong, with 193 votes, will replace incumbent and 16-year board member Ben Mosley, who received 175 votes, not enough to keep his seat with the two top vote earners winning a spot on the board. Carrie Kaminen received 130 votes.

“I have been committed to the school for a number of years and will continue to be so,” said Mr. Armstrong. “There’s a big job in front of us. Part of it is not going to be fun, but we’re going to do what’s necessary to make sure our kids get the best possible education we can afford them.”

With contested seats of the mayor, clerk, and two school board posts on the ballot, the election drew more voters than the last two years, making a busy day for the election officials.

“I don’t think we had more than a five-minute break without someone voting,” said Mrs. Lennard.

A total of 400 votes were cast, with 258 residents voting in person and 142 casting absentee ballots.

Mackinac Island has 710 registered voters.

Voter turnout reached 56.34%, slightly higher than the 47.4% of residents who voted in May 2010.

In other city elections, candidates ran unopposed and tallied the following votes: Treasurer Rick Linn, 339; Supervisor Rob Dufina, 242; Assessor Bob Benser, 258.

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