By Brett Kast
The Bath-DeWitt Connection
While the focus throughout the State of Michigan remained on the Governor race between Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer, many local municipalities such as Dewitt had their own local elections. One of the big races was for Mayor of Dewitt was between Jim Rundborg and Julie DeRose.
Julie DeRose decided to run against the incumbent Jim Rundborg for many reasons, one of them being she felt that he needed a fair fight. Rundborg has been in office for more than one term and has virtually been running unopposed.
“Somebody ran against him I think about four years ago but it wasn’t really an even race by any stretch,” said DeRose.
After the votes were tallied, Rundborg won resoundingly with 1197 votes to 669 votes. Despite running almost unopposed in the past, Rundborg proved that he could win the votes of the residents of Dewitt and hopes to continue the work he already has planned for the city.
“We are… planning for financial events that would impact future budgets. Bridge work and retirement costs are just a few of those items,” said Rundborg. “Keeping DeWitt a great place to raise a family in a small town is important to me.”
Another very important project is increasing the development of downtown Dewitt, which currently has three vacant buildings that the city is looking to fill.
“I would like to continue to bring businesses to our downtown, maintain and improve the services we have come to expect from our Department of Public Works and keep our financial situation stable into the future,” said Rundborg.
With reelection, Rundborg secures his position as mayor for at least two more years.