recall election

Benko elected, Welder recalled from Sidney Township Board

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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.

First candidate files to run in Sidney Township recall election

The first candidate has filed to run against a Sidney Township Board trustee in May’s recall election.

Scott Giddings of Sidney Township filed with the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office on Wednesday, running under “no party affiliation” against current Trustee Jed Welder, who will automatically appear on the May 3 ballot as a Republican.