REED CITY — Tim Michell won his first race, while Larry Emig was happy to hold of a challenge in separate races for the Osceola County Board.
Michell defeated Ron Hoard by 80 votes to win the District 4 Republican primary Tuesday night. Emig held of a challenge by Sally Momany, 234-222 in the county’s District 7 Republican primary.
Neither Districts had any other party candidates.
With this being Michell’s first run for office, he is looking forward to representing the district and learning everything he can before his official start after the general elections in November.
“This is my first political endeavor, so I need to get up to speed with everything that has happened and needs to happen,” Michell said.
Michell said he wants to make himself more available to constituents and learn more about what needs to be done to better the county. He said he will give out his personal cell phone number to anyone who asks and was handing it out during the campaign.
“I want to talk to people and learn from them, and see how I can help them,” said Michell. “I am making myself available by giving my number out. This way they can get in touch with me directly.”
Michell, gaining his first governmental position, says he is grateful for the opportunity to show what he can accomplish.
“We, of course, are happy with the results,” said Michell. “I sincerely appreciate all the support and everyone who voted for me.”
The race itself, according to Michell, was a good one.
“I really commend Rob Hoard,” he said. “He ran a good campaign and made this a solid race.”
Hoard did not return calls asking for comment.
Emig, the incumbent, withheld a strong campaign by Momany.
“It was closer than I anticipated,” Emig said. “But a win is a win.”
With Emig and Momany only being separated by 12 votes, Emig wanted to commend his opponent on the close race.
“She was a strong contender and worked very hard and gave me a good run,” said Emig.
Though the race was close, Momany could not hide her disappointment.
“The people voted the way they wanted to vote,” Momany said with a sigh. “It was close, but the voters have decided.”
Momany ended the phone conversation stating that she did not have any future plans to continue her government career.