By Dylan Sowle
Williamston Post staff writer
The race for township trustee was one of many iems on the ballot for Williamstown residents on Nov. 6.
Five candidates ran for four open positions on the Williamstown Board of Trustees. Incumbents Robert Hayes and Rick Williams were challenged by newcomers Rod Imhoff, Janet Eyster and Wanda Bloomquist. Hayes and Williams have both served on the board for six years, while the others have held other positions in the township.
All but Bloomquist won seats. Eyster led with 1,845 votes. She said that she had been confident about her election this term.
“A lot of people knew me through the treasurer position and wanted me to continue my work,” said Eyster. “I hope to be able to continue special projects that I have been working on, such as with the cemetery, roads and grant writing”.
Eyster was part of a team of candidates including incumbent Hayes that advertised in the local paper. Hayes said of the ad: “This group of people has worked together in the past, and we’ve seen that people were tired of right wing/left wing gridlock. We wanted to see this group continue.”
Hayes said he looked forward to following the master plan to keep the township rural, yet welcoming technological advances to benefit the community.
Trustees oversee the goings-on of the township and work with the community on how best to handle the budget. The candidates elected will serve for four years.
Here’s what some voters at Williamston City Hall had to say about the race:
Amy Paruk: “It was my first time voting. I sort of knew about the candidates. My mom gave me a lot of information about them. I didn’t see too much advertising for the candidates because I go to MSU.”
Kristen McIntyre: “I actually did know about the candidates. I spent some time researching the candidates and printed off a sample ballot, so I made my choices before I came here today. There’s been lots of (candidate) information available this year”.
Karen Lockwood-Marble said she knew who she was voting for, and based her decisions off a need to “change it up and have a change in policy.” She said she received fliers in the mail from some candidates, which helped her vote.
Taylor Burke: A first-time voter, he didn’t pay much attention to the trustee race. He said the amount of advertising the candidates did was as much as could be expected. “My first time voting was a bit nerve-wracking. My dad’s a Republican so it’s not going to be a fun day at home.”