FLINT TWP. — With a 58 percent voter turnout in Genesee County, Democrat Hillary Clinton garnered the most votes but probably not enough to win Michigan or her historic quest to become the first woman elected President of the United States.
In what is being called a stunning upset, Republican challenger Donald Trump nationally outpolled Clinton 289 to 218 in electoral votes to become the nation’s 45th president. Official vote totals for Michigan and Genesee County were not completed as of press time but would not change the outcome of the national election.
On the local level, Democrats fared better in some contested races with victories for Daniel Kildee, United States Representative, MI 5th District and Sheriff Robert Pickell, who both defeated Republican challengers.
In balloting for the Carman- Ainsworth School Board of Education, write-in votes hold the surprise factor. Voters cast 889 write-in votes for an open six-year term but candidate names are not provided on the county elections tally. It may be a few days before voters find out how who won all or most of those write-in votes. At least two known write-in candidates were William Newsom and Lisa Koegel. C-A School Board President Patrice Hatcher won re-election as did board members Lonney Jarnigin and Gary Cousins.
Also as expected, the Flint Township Board members, all Democrats running unopposed, officially won their seats. But there were a trickle of writein votes: 191 for supervisor, 162 for clerk, 165 for treasurer, and 309 for trustees.
The new board to be sworn in next week are Karyn Miller, supervisor, Kathy Funk, clerk, Lisa Anderson, treasurer and trustees Frank Kasle, Tom Klee, Carol Pfaff-Dahl and Barbara Vert.