2013-05-18 / Top News

Election Seats Doud, 2 on Council

By Stephanie Fortino


Tuesday, May 7, was a busy election day on Mackinac Island with multiple candidates competing for the positions of city mayor and two city alderman seats. Election worker Patty Prendergast helps voter Melanie Alford Hagenbaugh Tuesday morning, while chair Terry Andress (standing) and workers Sherri Gough (from right) and Kathy Andress wait for more voters. Emma Chambers is voting at the station in the background. Tuesday, May 7, was a busy election day on Mackinac Island with multiple candidates competing for the positions of city mayor and two city alderman seats. Election worker Patty Prendergast helps voter Melanie Alford Hagenbaugh Tuesday morning, while chair Terry Andress (standing) and workers Sherri Gough (from right) and Kathy Andress wait for more voters. Emma Chambers is voting at the station in the background. Incumbent Mayor Margaret Doud secured 207 votes in the May 7 election, retaining her seat in a challenge from mayoral candidate

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 Mackinac Island Community Hall bustled Tuesday, May 7, as about 250 voters filed through the doors to cast ballots in a competitive election race. Incumbent city clerk Karen Lennard (center) ran uncontested in the race, securing another one-year term. Mrs. Lennard said Election Day would not be possible without the help of dedicated workers (from left) Kathy Andress, Sherri Gough, chair Terry Andress, and Patty Prendergast. The Mackinac Island Community Hall bustled Tuesday, May 7, as about 250 voters filed through the doors to cast ballots in a competitive election race. Incumbent city clerk Karen Lennard (center) ran uncontested in the race, securing another one-year term. Mrs. Lennard said Election Day would not be possible without the help of dedicated workers (from left) Kathy Andress, Sherri Gough, chair Terry Andress, and Patty Prendergast. 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.”

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