Wales in, Sieting out: Recalled incumbent says he will not run again

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Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

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Voters and supporters of Kalkaska Village President candidate Harley Wales, celebrate his victory Tuesday night after unofficial results showed him defeating incumbent Jeff Sieting, 326-215 in the recall election.

KALKASKA – There won’t be a new sheriff in town after a special election Tuesday, May 8, but there will be a new village president.

Challenger Harley Wales defeated the multi-term incumbent, Jeff Sieting, who was the target of a recall effort headed by members of Kalkaska For Peace and its political arm, Kalkaska Citizens for Responsible Government.

Wales unseats Sieting, village president since winning the office from Virginia Thomas in 2011, after besting the now outgoing leader of the Kalkaska Village Council by 111 votes, with 326 village voters supporting Wales to just 215 for Sieting.

“I’m really glad Kalkaska came out and voted,” Wales said. “The election has been a long process in coming to fruition, but is going to be a huge catalyst for the healing of the village.

“Kalkaska has chosen transparency and a welcoming spirit to its town.”

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