The incumbents proved to be victorious Tuesday night in Baldwin Township.
Baldwin Township supervisors Larry Handshoe and Jay Swanson both defeated their opponents by more than a 2-1 margin in Tuesday’s township election.
Handshoe, who represents District A, defeated challenger Tim Kane 314-142. Swanson, the township chairman who represents District E, defeated Chuck Nagle 329-133. Brad Schumacher received a total of eight write-in votes between the two districts. Current Supervisor Tom Rush received one write-in vote.
I’m honored that the people elected me to a second term,” said Swanson, who was first elected to the board in 2009.
Handshoe, also elected to his second term, said his being re-elected was the culmination of a lot of hard work.
Polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and results were announced shortly before 11 p.m. towards the end of the annual meeting, which was being held adjacent to the polling place at the Baldwin Town Hall.
All the candidates were on hand at the time the results were announced.
Nagle, who challenged Swanson, was disappointed by his defeat.
“The township residents must agree with the current direction of the town board,” Nagle said.
“But I believe there is a serious lack of communication in this township, therefore people don’t have a good understanding of where this township is headed,” Nagle said.
“But the people have spoken,” he said.
While Nagle talked about a lack of communication, it’s strong communication that helped steer Handshoe to victory, he said.
“It was a lot of work, a lot of hard work,” Handshoe said, refering to his campaign.
“There was a lot of communication. I talked to a lot of people who told me what direction they want us to go…and it’s their community,” Handshoe said.
Swanson was humbled by his re-election.
“I’m honored that the township has the confidence to allow me to be their supervisor for another term,” Swanson said.
“It was a rough campaign and it got ugly in all the wrong places,” he said.
“But it’s time now to put the nose to the grindstone and work for a better Baldwin as a whole,” Swanson said.
Kane was unavailable for comment following Tuesday’s meeting.