Incumbents win council seats in Sturgis

April 11, 2019

STURGIS — Incumbents Dave Martinson and Jason Anderson retained their seats on the Sturgis City Council in the Tuesday city election.

In the Ward 2 race for council, Martinson defeated challenger Andy Wildberger 96 votes to 82 votes. There are 1,239 active registered voters in Ward 2. Based on these numbers, 14.3 percent of active registered voters participated in the Ward 2 election.

“It was unfortunate that we had such low voter turnout. I would like to have seen more interest, but I’m happy that I won,” Martinson said.

Martinson said he is excited to be serving the people of Sturgis for another three years.

“I feel good about the team we have right now. There are good things happening in Sturgis,” he said.

Wildberger said he was encouraged by the close race and believed voters were looking for fresh new ideas from the young challenger.

“There’s a pretty decent chance that I will try again,” he said.

In the Ward 3 race, Anderson received 129 votes to challenger David Murtha’s 103 votes.

There are 1,133 active registered voters in Ward 3. Based on these numbers, 20.4 percent of active registered voters participated in the Ward 3 election.

“It was a close race, but I feel that having grown up in Sturgis and being on the council for the past six years helped,” Anderson said.

Murtha offered his congratulations to Anderson, but also warned that he would hound Anderson for the next three years.

“I think we need some change here,” Murtha said. “I’m going to hold him accountable. I live in Ward 3. He’s my representative. If they think they have heard the last of me, they haven’t.”

Incumbent Mike Bachand ran unopposed in Ward 1 and incumbent Steve Keszler ran unopposed in Ward 4 for city council.

Those elected will be sworn in on May 6 and will serve three-year terms.