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Incumbents all retain seats in Greenwood election

Option B fails by a 2-1 margin

Jodi Summit
Posted 3/11/20

GREENWOOD TWP- Voters here resoundingly defeated the idea of giving the town board the authority to hire the township’s clerk and treasurer. With 291 votes cast at the March 10 election, 194 …

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Incumbents all retain seats in Greenwood election

Option B fails by a 2-1 margin

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GREENWOOD TWP- Voters here resoundingly defeated the idea of giving the town board the authority to hire the township’s clerk and treasurer. With 291 votes cast at the March 10 election, 194 Greenwood residents voted against the Option B measure, with 97 voting in support of it.
The measure would have converted the clerk and treasurer to employees who were hired by and under the authority of the town board. Town board members raised the issue last year as a way to give themselves more authority over the clerk, specifically. Both the clerk and treasurer, as elected officials, set their own work hours and have the authority to appoint their own deputies, who can step in as replacements if necessary.
In townships that hold elections, the clerk and treasurer each serve a two-year term.
Incumbent clerk Sue Drobac polled the highest of all those running for seats on Tuesday. She outpolled challenger Deb Spicer by 186 votes to 102.
Incumbents Paul Skubic and Mike Ralston each were returned to office by a much tighter margin of 12 votes each. Skubic defeated former board chair John Bassing by a vote of 151-139, and Ralston defeated newcomer Barb Lofquist 149-137.

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John Bassing

Congratulations to Paul and a BIG thank you to those who have supported me over the years.

Wednesday, March 11
Scott Atwater

Close one Mr. Bassing. If seasonal residents were allowed to vote the outcome may well have been different.

Sunday, March 15
John Bassing

Mr. Atwater,

I have had several seasonal residents assure me of that. Compare Greenwood’s tax levy to all the surrounding Townships and cities along with fighting to stay out of the hospital district. The totals are in the millions collectively. We had several citizens bring us to this point and I am proud to say I was one of them along with those who elected me. Thank you.

Sunday, March 15