Wrong winner certified in GRCC trustee election

Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County mistakenly certified the wrong winner for a seat on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

The local elections director is reaching out to the state Bureau of Elections to determine what to do next.

It’s a result that has gone back and forth a couple of times. On election night, Kathy Crosby and Sheryl Siegel were announced as the winners of two open trustee seats, beating Carlos Sanchez and Troy Williams.

But Monday, 24 Hour News 8 learned that the initial results counted only votes from Kent County and not from four other counties: Barry, Ionia, Ottawa and Newaygo. Once those numbers were added in, Kent County election officials declared that Sanchez, the incumbent, actually beat Siegel.

“I’m very happy,” Sanchez told 24 Hour News 8 Monday afternoon.

The official certification named him the winner.

“These are it,” Elections Director Gerrid Uzarski said when he showed 24 Hour News 8 the paperwork Monday afternoon.

But less than an hour later, Uzarski called 24 Hour News 8 to say the results on the form were inaccurate. He said he mistyped the number of votes for Siegel from Barry County.

The official results show she got 244 votes in Barry County, but it should have been 2,444. With the correct number, Siegel moved back ahead of Sanchez.

The county is now figuring out how to correct the mistake.

Uzarski had no further comment.

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