SIDNEY TOWNSHIP — 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 today, 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 today’s recall election compared to incumbent Trustee Jed Welder who received 196 votes — a 63% to 32% margin. Sidney Township saw a nearly 29% voter turnout — larger than the local 2020 presidential primary election voter turnout.
Sidney Township Planning Commission member Jeffrey Lodholtz filed recall petitions against Welder last year related to Welder’s “no” vote on that township’s wind energy ordinance. After the recall effort was approved, Benko and a third challenger, Scott Giddings, both filed to run against Welder; however, Giddings announced he was no longer actively running. Giddings received 27 votes in Tuesday’s election.
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