Hot contests decided in Berrien CountyPublished 5:56pm Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Berrien County voters decided several contested races and voted down a road millage by a small margin during Tuesday’s General Election.
Republican Sharon Tyler, of Niles, defeated Democrat Robin Bays, of Niles, for Berrien County Clerk by more than 10,000 votes. Tyler will replace current treasurer Louise Stine, who is retiring.
Republican Sheriff Paul L. Bailey was re-elected easily — 43,413 votes to 7,882 — over challenger William Parker, of the U.S. Taxpayers.
Eight men were vying for four seats on the Berrien County Board of Commissioners.
Republican Mack Elliot defeated Democrat David Crumley 3,281 to 2,287 for the District 10 seat, while Republican Jim Curran overtook Democrat Michael Ringler for the District 11 seat.
Democrat John Klimek got the nod over Republican Zach Perkins for the District 12 seat and Democrat Andrew Varva defeated Republican Ray Kirkus 3,517 to 2,953 for the District 9 seat.
Voters also struck down a proposal that would have raised taxes to pay for county road construction. The road millage would have generated an estimated $3.4 million in its first year.