Crawford re-elected, Thompson wins prosecutor seat

Four of seven incumbent commissioners keep seats

OSCEOLA COUNTY – Osceola County's Republican voters chose incumbent Sheriff Jim Crawford and prosecutor candidate Tyler

Thompson in Tuesday's primary election.

Challenged by former undersheriff Dave Fowler for the second election in a row, Crawford gained the victory by a difference of 2,650 to 1,306.

“It's more than I won by four years ago," Crawford said. "We didn’t over work, we worked hard but we didn’t do a lot of mailers or extra stuff. I didn’t want to be over confident, but I’m glad the voters made their decision.”

Thompson beat out incumbent prosecutor Jim Sims with 2,924 votes, while Sims gained 925.

"I'm grateful for the confidence of the voters," Thompson said. "I want to express my appreciation for the many volunteers and supporters who have helped me in the past few months."

Thompson said he is looking forward with law enforcement, as well as gaining input from citizens. Crawford, who will once again serve as the county's chief law enforcement officer, also is looking forward to working with Thompson.

"I think we will work together well," Crawford said. "He's a good friend."

Some 4,422 voters visited the polls for Tuesday's primary election. Their choices unofficially determined who will take the seat in each county position, with the exception of sheriff, which will be a contested race between Crawford and Democrat Richard Argue in November's General Election.

In the county commissioners races, three incumbents were beaten by newcomers and four will keep their seats for the next three years.

  • Jill Halladay won the commissioner’s seat for District One, which covers LeRoy Township, Lincoln Township and Richmond Township south of Three Mile Road and east of 200th Avenue. Halladay topped incumbent Mark Brock with 300 votes to 192 votes. Another challenger, Charles Kampmueller, gained 82 votes.
  • Newcomer Mark Gregory beat incumbent Tammy Stoner by 366 votes to 350 votes for the seat representing District Two, which covers Rose Lake Township, Burdell Township and Sherman Township west of 140th Avenue.
  • Incumbent Ron Sikkema ran unopposed for District Three which covers Hartwick, Highland and Marion townships.
  • Incumbent Alan Tiedt won the commissioner’s position for District Four, which covers Middle Branch Township, Orient Township, Sylvan Township †and Hartwick Township. Tiedt beat newcomer Matt Keller by a vote of 299 to 136.
  • Incumbent Roger Elkins beat out hopefuls Charles Walter and Kevinn Beemer for the commissioner’s seat for District Five, which covers the City of Evart, Cedar Township and Osceola Township by 198 votes to 90 and154 votes, respectively.
  • Pamela Wayne took the victory with 169 votes for the commission seat representing District Six, which includes Hersey Township and Evart Township. Incumbant Dave Brooks and Ryan Steig lost with Brooks gaining 114 votes and Steig earning 92.
  • Incumbent Larry Emig beat out newcomer Jackie Youngs by 344 votes to 176 votes for the seat for District Seven, which covers Reed City and Richmond Township north of Three Mile Road and west of 200th Avenue.
  • The drain commissioner’s position was won by incumbent Jerry Powell, who earned 1,704 votes while challenger Wil Hoitenga gained 1,308 votes.
  • Doug Kanouse and incumbent Gary Wemple gained 2,693 and 1,644 votes, respectively, for two six-year terms on the road commission board, beating out incumbent John Atkins, Brian Cushman Lawrence Mahlich and Ronald Boyer.
  • Four incumbent officials will run uncontested on the November ballot: Karen Bluhm, clerk; Nancy Crawford, register of deeds; Lori Leudeman, treasurer and Bill Sikkema, surveyor.

The general election will be held on Nov. 6.