Gleason Mount Pleasant president; one new trustee

2013-04-02T20:42:00Z 2013-12-17T10:51:17Z Gleason Mount Pleasant president; one new trusteeALISON BAUTER Journal Times

MOUNT PLEASANT — Results in Mount Pleasant Tuesday showed Mark Gleason will return to his former role as village president.

Gleason, a county board supervisor who served as Mount Pleasant’s town chairman in 2003, appeared to have bested village board member Karen Albeck Tuesday.

Unofficial results showed Gleason had a 2,564 to 1,957-vote advantage at the polls.

The six-way race for three seats on the Village Board saw newcomer Dave DeGroot surging ahead Tuesday.

Incumbents Sonny Havn and John Hewitt maintained their seats, with County Supervisor Ron Molnar trailing close behind.

Gleason campaigned on “cleaning up the mess” at Village Hall, and said Tuesday that there was work ahead, but he was looking forward to the challenge.

Once in office, “Number one (priority) is getting a new administrator in,” Gleason said, referring to his campaign promise to secure a full-time village administrator to manage Village Hall.

Four-year board veteran Albeck said Tuesday she was disappointed at her loss, but was at peace with the voters’ decision.

“It was a vigorous campaign,” Albeck said. “The voters have made their selection, and I wish Mr. Gleason and the village well.”

Local landlord DeGroot will be the new face on Village Board.

He credited his win Tuesday to “good support on all sides,” particularly small businesses and others in the community that DeGroot said wanted change.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” DeGroot said. But, he added, “None of the challenges are insurmountable.”

Unofficial results showed DeGroot with a sizable lead with 2,789 votes, while incumbents Hewitt and Havn had 2,044 votes and 1,997 votes, respectively.

Molnar pulled in 1,888 votes, while challengers Steve Herek netted 1,193 votes Chuck Haakma had 1,160.

One seat on the village board is still an open question after the recent death of board member Harry Manning. Board members can vote to appoint someone to the position or call a special election to fill the seat.

The new president and board members officially take office April 16.

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  1. Blogometric Pressure
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    Blogometric Pressure - April 03, 2013 1:06 pm
    I don't see spending out of control when the dang rescue squad broke down with a heart patient in it!!!
  2. Even More Tired
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    Even More Tired - April 03, 2013 9:35 am
    Hopefully with Gleason and DeGroot on board they can clean house and cull out the over bloated administrative staffs on the fire and police departments. Spending is out of control in our village and it is time to put a stop to it!
  3. oldguy
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    oldguy - April 03, 2013 6:54 am
    ....and the incumbent long term problems remain....
  4. Blogometric Pressure
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    Blogometric Pressure - April 02, 2013 9:09 pm
    It is amazing that the local races which really can affect the taxpayer goes almost undetected by the voters. Mount Pleasant - almost daily fussing and squabbling and 1200 some people voted. Karen Albeck shot herself in the foot once again.
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