COLDWATER (WTVB) - In Branch County, just over 50% of the registered voters in the county turned out at the polls yesterday and elected former county prosecutor Kirk Kashian as the new probate court judge in a victory over Coldwater attorney Chuck Lillis. Final tallies from around the county didn't come in until 3:30 am Wednesday, but they secured the win for Kashian 7,285 to 6,617.
A proposed three-quarter of a mill to fund the Branch County Sheriff’s Department road patrol was soundly defeated. It’s something that Sheriff-elect, Republican John Pollack, a sheriff’s department sergeant, will have to deal with beginning in 2013. Pollack had no trouble defeating his Democrat challenger Johnny Lopez 10,922 to 4,376.
In the school millage issues, Quincy’s levy passed while in Bronson, one renewal millage was approved while a restoration levy was narrowly defeated. A fire and police protection millage question was defeated in Butler Township, but the Union Township levy passed. In the village of Union City, it was a tie vote for a similar proposal. Republican Congressman Tim Walberg easily won re-election as did Michigan U-S Senator Debbie Stabenow and 58th District Republican State House Representative Ken Kurtz.
All six of the state-wide ballot issues in Michigan were rejected, although some are saying that Proposal One, the emergency manager regulation, was still too close to call. In Branch County Proposal One failed 8,905 to 6,329.