Saturday, July 2, 2022

Benko elected, Welder recalled from Sidney Township Board

The leader of a group “advocating against the irresponsible and invasive placement of industrial wind turbines and solar arrays in Montcalm County” was elected to the Sidney Township Board on Tuesday, ousting a trustee who supports a proposed wind farm and who voted against the township’s wind energy ordinance.

Erik Benko received 389 votes in Tuesday’s recall election compared to incumbent Trustee Jed Welder who received 196 votes — a 63% to 32% margin. Sidney Township saw a 32% voter turnout — larger than the local 2020 presidential primary election voter turnout, according to the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office.

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