By David Topham
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
INGHAM COUNTY — Voters re-elected Patrick Lindemann as Ingham County’s drain commissioner on Nov. 6. The Democratic candidate has held the position for 20 years and will now serve for four more.
Lindemann, a resident of Lansing, was involved in a divisive election to win the Democratic primary. However, he had no problem winning on Election Day. He took the drain commissioner election by nearly 34,000 votes as he received just over 64 percent of the vote.
His opponent, Republican candidate Timothy Grant, received just more than 42,000 votes. It was the first time Grant ran for office. As a resident of Williamston, he has served Ingham County as a firefighter, emergency medical technician and property maintenance business owner.
Lindemann supporters campaigned door to door describing his strategy of eco-friendly and sustainable development within the drainage infrastructure, which will help the county in the long run.
Lindemann, who has been in office since 1993, said he has created state-of-the-art drainage systems and hopes to help Ingham County advance further.
“The drain commissioner is a more important job than most people think,” said Michigan State University graduate student and geological sciences teaching assistant Trisha Smrecak. “The position involves maintaining all storm drains in the county, which helps keeps our rivers safe and clean. I make sure to let all my students know how important that is.”
The drain commissioner is responsible for construction, maintenance and improvement of all county public storm drain systems. Lindemann said he plans to continue to protect natural resources as well as head up water management projects in the county.
More than 118,000 votes were cast in the Ingham County drain commissioner election. Lindemann received 75,925 of those votes.