Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum was elected to a second term Nov. 8, winning 83,790 votes, or 67 percent of the total, against Republican opponent Joseph W. Werner. Byrum previously served Ingham County as state representative until being term-limited in 2012.
County clerks have major election responsibilities. They supervise all national, state, and local elections, including the one they run in, and the training of all election workers in the county from communities with populations of fewer than 10,000 people.
On Election Day, Byrum spent long hours in the historical Ingham County Courthouse compiling election results. This made it impossible for her to comment on her re-election, but she kept up a steady stream of election updates on Twitter.
Byrum said that in her second term as clerk she will focus on upgrading election software, computers and equipment. She also wants to implement a public computer kiosk at county government locations in Lansing and Mason.
Byrum is the first person in the state of Michigan to have performed a same-sex marriage. She is married with two boys, owns a hardware store in Charlotte, Michigan, and said she dedicates a lot of time to her job as County Clerk.