VanAlstine elected as county commission chair

Linda Gallagher

BELLAIRE — Using "Election Buddy" software, which allowed for a secret ballot, Antrim County's nine-member Board Of Commissioners elected District 5 Commissioner Terry VanAlstine as its new chair for 2021 during the board's 2021 organizational meeting on Monday, Jan. 4. 

VanAlstine, who was nominated for the position by District 2 Commissioner Josh Watrous, won his seat over District 3 Commissioner Karen Bargy, nominated by District 6 Commissioner Brenda Ricksgers, with a vote of six to three. 

VanAlstine, who has served as a county Commissioner since 2018, is a military veteran and resident of Bellaire who managed an auto parts business in Bellaire for many years and at Christmas frequently portrays Santa Claus at area events. As a Commissioner, he attends township and village meetings as well as area events on a regular basis.

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