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Munson Township Voters Choose New Trustee
November 6, 2013 by Ann Wishart | No Comments

Both Jim McCaskey and Todd Ray said they were taken aback by the final vote by Munson residents Tuesday.

McCaskey was surprised he won the Munson Township trustee position and Ray was surprised he didn’t.

“My first time out, I didn’t expect to win,” said McCaskey, who garnered 1,328 votes or 34.43 percent of the ballots cast Tuesday.

“It could have gone either way,” he said.

McCaskey received more votes than veteran trustee Andy Bushman, who garnered 1,290 votes or 33.45 percent of the total, to retain his seat on the board.

Ray, with 16 years as trustee, said McCaskey worked very hard on his campaign.

“It was a surprise. Apparently people wanted a change,” said Ray, who received 915 votes or 23.73 percent of the total. “I’m alright with it.”

Bushman said Ray “has a lot of experience and dedication to the township.”

“He’s going to be missed,” he said. “I’m sure Jim will be able to pick up the role and be the team player he is.”

Bushman was the only one of the three who wasn’t shocked at the outcome.

“Jim’s well-known in the community. I’m not overly surprised,” he said.

McCaskey credited Ray with all he’s done for the community. Ray was committed to the town hall project, which probably will be dedicated before McCaskey takes office, he said.

“It will be a good time to close that chapter,” McCaskey said.

He plans to take his time acclimating to his new position.

“As the rookie, I’d like to absorb and observe as much as I can,” he said. “I’m not going to light the world on fire tomorrow.”

The fourth candidate, Art Hollis, received 324 votes or 8.40 percent of the total.

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