Election Seats Doud, 2 on Council
Ben Horn, who earned 144 votes. Four candidates ran for two seats on city council, and Kay Hoppenrath secured one seat by garnering 211 votes, while Dominic Redman secured the other with 203 votes. Incumbent Sam Barnwell and candidate Richard Lind were not successful, getting 104 votes and 130 votes, respectively.
Clerk Karen Lennard secured her position for another year after running uncontested, receiving 290 votes. Other uncontested candidates were city treasurer Rick Linn with 324 votes, city assessor Bob Benser with 263 votes, and city supervisor Ron Dufina with 225 votes.
The citizens of Mackinac Island also favored an Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District Special Education millage with 162 voters in favor and 126 opposed. The millage was approved by voters in the Eastern Upper Peninsula, 2,287- 1,563. Of the one mill requested, 0.77 was a renewal and 0.23 was an increase to fund special education services.
Mrs. Lennard said this year had a “good, heavy turnout” with 120 absentee ballots submitted before the poles opened Tuesday morning. By 10:15 a.m., about 70 voters had come in person to cast their ballots, a number that swelled to about 250 total by the end of the day. A total of 370 votes were cast by the time the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Mackinac Island has about 750 registered voters, meaning there was almost a 50% voter turnout for the election this year.
Last year’s May election had no contested seats and saw a voter turnout of about 16%.
Terry Andress served as this year’s Election Day chair, and Patty Prendergast, Sheri Gough, and Cathy Andress all assisted.
Mrs. Lennard spoke highly of her helpers, saying, “They are wonderful. They make it easy; they make it fun.”