Gottsche holds on to supervisor seat

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A rural Milford farmer who has served on the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors since 1994 will be able to retain his seat.

Democrat and board chairman David Gottsche outdistanced Jack Rees of Milford according to unofficial totals from Tuesday night.

Gottsche secured 933 votes for 58.4 percent support. Rees, a retired electrician and project administrator was nominated by petition. He gained 664 votes for 41.6 percent support.

"I appreciate all of the supporters who came out to help me," Gottsche said. "I've always tried to work for the best interest of Dickinson County as well as taxpayers in the south end of the county. I've wanted people to get the best deal they could get for the money spent."

Gottsche said he will still strive for those goals in his next four-year term on the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors.

"Over the next two or three days, I want to get together with the group I have been working with and we're going to appoint a committee to study the recorder's position," Gottsche said.

A petition was circulated earlier this summer to merge the Dickinson County Recorder's Office with the Dickinson County Auditor's Office. The issue would require a decision by voters, but a petition to get the measure on the ballot fell short of the required signatures.

Rees campaigned with a desire to maintain an open line of communication with constituents in District 3.

"He ran a good campaign," Gottsche said of Rees. "We haven't had any issues between us. Jack is a good campaigner. He did a nice job."

Republican incumbent county supervisor Pam Jordan also is returning to the board for another four-year term. She received 1,543 votes in an uncontested race.

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