Kelly Downs Mitchell in Sheriff Race


Incumbent Rich Kelly won re-election in the battle against Republican Mark Mitchell in the Primary Election Tuesday in Clinton County.

Kelly wound up with 2,369 votes (57.7 percent) to 1,736 (42.3 percent) for Mitchell.

The sheriff’s race was one of four contested races in the Primary.

For County Council District 1, Carol Price had 257 votes (41.8 percent) She defeated Mark Timmons, who had 200 votes (32.5 percent) and Rhonda Light took third with 158 votes (25.7 percent).

In the Circuit Court Clerk’s race, newcomer Stephanie Harshbarger won with 2,797 votes (74 percent) over incumbent Rhea Harris, who finished with 983 votes (26 percent).

For State Representative District 41, Mark Genda won with 2,217 votes (63.7 percent). Richard Bagsby was second with 642 votes (18.4 percent) and Shane Weist was third at 623 votes (17.9 percent).

In other races:

In the Jackson Township Trustee race, Anita Stewart easily defeated Evan Overbay. Stewart had 165 votes (73.3 percent) to 60 votes (26.7 percent) for Overbay.

In the Michigan Township Trustee race, Nick Bales won with 190 votes (71.2 percent) over Kelly Moore, had 77 votes (28.8 percent).

In uncontested races, winners were Jordan Brewer (County Commissioner District 3), Jake Myers (County Council Disrict 2), Joe Mink (County Council District 3) and Alan Dunn (County Council District 4).

Ashley and Rich Kelly shortly after final votes were tallied. Photo by Susan Kaspar
Jim Moyer, Clinton County Republican Chairman announces winners at Republican headquarters at Neighborhood Center. Russ Kaspar, left, holds microphone as his comments are broadcast LIVE on WILO 1570, 96.9 FM and 102.7 FM. Photo by Susan Kaspar
Clinton County Republican Primary winners at Neighborhood Center Tuesday night. Photo by Susan Kaspar


  1. Thank you Clinton county for electing rich Kelly for sheriff. I would like to personally thank the 2,369 voters who made the right decision.

  2. Last I knew Clinton County had a population just north of 30,000. Pretty sad voter turnout based on these numbers. I’m very pleased with the outcomes. Congratulations to Sheriff Kelly, and Mark Genda! I think it is interesting that Shane Weist had so little support after spending so much on his campaign, I lost count of how many mailers I received lol. Also, hey commissioners; the voters have spoken…

    • It seems like most of the money for Shane Weist’s campaign came from PACs outside the district and state. I would like to think that people didn’t want a candidate being influenced by outside interests. Congrats to Mark Genda!

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