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November 7, 2012

Cass County Republicans retain commissioner and council seats

Republican County Council and County Commissioner candidates had reason to celebrate Tuesday evening. 

Incumbent Republicans George Stebbins and Jeffrey LeDonne and newcomer Republican Stacey Donato swept the County Council at-large race, while incumbent Republican Jim Sailors was re-elected as county commissioner. 

Sailors said he believed his re-election meant voters believed he had been doing a good job. 

“It makes you kind of humble that the majority are happy with what you’re doing,” he said. 

Sailors said he did not want to talk about his positions during the campaign because of the negative campaigning by his opponent, Democrat Timothy Banter Sr.

Moving forward, Sailors said the commissioners would continue to work on the roads and other projects. He joins Republican Ralph Anderson, who was unopposed, on the three-member board of commissioners. Anderson, a former County Council president, will fill the seat vacated by Gene Powlen. 

Stebbins stood for election for the first time, having been chosen to replace Chod Gibson, who resigned from the council in 2011. 

“It’s the first time that I’ve won, so it’s exciting,” he said. 

Stebbins described Homburg and Peattie as friends, but he said he was happy to work with Donato and LeDonne. 

Donato, who recorded the highest vote total among the council candidates, said she was “ecstatic” about the results. 

Asked what contributed to the big number, Donato speculated voters were looking for a new face. 

“Maybe they’re just looking for change, something new,” she said. 

Tom Weatherwax, the vice chair of the Republican Party, said he believed Donato brought in new votes for the party. 

“It’s very important that we support and encourage women and minority votes,” he said. 

Incumbent LeDonne, who was interviewed on the phone after the results came in, said he was “relieved” to hear he had won. 

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