No surprises in uncontested SL Village Council election

Everyone was a winner in Tuesday's Spring Lake Village Council election. Incumbents were running unopposed and were successful in their re-election bids. Write-in candidate Bill Meyers also won a council seat. Village Councilman Jim MacLachlan won a two-year term as village president. He will replace Village President Bill Filber in January. Filber opted not to run again, saying he wanted to "take a breather' from politics. Incumbent councilmen Steve Nauta and David Bennett won four-year terms Tuesday night, as did Meyers.
Marie Havenga
Sep 14, 2011

Of 1,998 registered voters in the village, 57 cast their ballots, according to Village Clerk/Treasurer Maribeth Lawrence. That’s a 2.8-percent turnout for the only election in Ottawa County on Tuesday.

MacLachlan received 42 votes; Bennett, 41; Nauta, 36; and Meyers, 32.

“There were no surprises,” Lawrence said. “(Voters) trickled in. You always hope the turnout would be more — but when a race is uncontested, it’s hard to get people out to vote.

The council members will be sworn in at the first meeting in January, according to Lawrence.

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