Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
Voters elect 2 new members to Coldwater council
By Sydney Albert
COLDWATER - Two newcomers topped a five-candidate field Tuesday to be chosen for the Coldwater Village Council, according to the unofficial election results.
Charmaine Bettinger, 52, and Tim Buschur, 54, won the two open council seats, beating candidates Brad Niekamp, 38, Dan Rose, 55, and Michael Winner, 64.
Bettinger received 538 votes, or 27.1% of the total 1,985 votes cast; Buschur received 528 votes, or 26.6%; Niekamp received 393 votes, or 19.8%; Winner received 307 votes, or 15.5%; and Rose received 219 votes, or 11%.
Buschur told the newspaper Tuesday night that he appreciated the votes of Coldwater residents and that he looks forward to serving on village council, saying it would be a different experience for him.
He hoped that with his background working as director of Tri Star Career Compact and working with local schools that he would be able to assist with handling the village's funding.
Bettinger could not be reached Tuesday night for comment.