McClelland, TerHaar and Ceo Elected to Saline City Council

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 11/03/2015 - 09:24

City of Saline voters elected Heidi McClelland, Linda TerHaar and Jack Ceo to city council Tuesday.

City Council Candidate Precinct 1 & 2 Precinct 3 Totals
Lee Bourgoin 486 334 820
Jack Ceo   719 427 1146
Heidi McClelland 716 454 1170
Linda TerHaar 721 426 1147
Write ins 13 6 19
Saline Area School Bond Issue    
  Yes 732 442 1174
  No 458 272 730
Total ballots cast 1201 723 1924

Their two-year terms begin in January.

McClelland, a photographer and mother of three, was the leading vote-getter in her first election.

“I’m so excited to be part of the city and I’m looking forward to doing good things,” McClelland said. “I want to thank everyone for their support.”

McClelland said she never set out to be the leading vote-getter.

“I was hopeful I would get one of the three seats. To be the leading vote-getter was totally unexpected,” McClelland said. “I think my demographic was out to vote today with the school bond issue. I’m just thankful to have so much support.”

Linda TerHaar, first appointed to council five years ago, was elected for the third time. The retired university librarian said she looked forward to another term.

“I’m grateful for all the support that I received and I look forward to another two years of working for the good of the community,” TerHaar said.

TerHaar finished with a single vote more than Jack Ceo, who was Saline’s Deputy Police Chief from 1999 to 2011 after a long career in the Ann Arbor Police Department. Ceo currently serves as the city planning commission chairman.

“I want to thank everyone who supported me, both by voting for me and by allowing me to place campaign signs in their yards,” Ceo said. “I also want to thank Mayor (Brian) Marl, who played in integral role in helping elect the persons who will help him accomplish his goals on council.”

Ceo and Marl have been allies. It was Ceo who introduced Marl when he first ran for Mayor.

Tuesday at Liberty School, all four candidates were gathered out front to greet voters. Marl, who’d previously endorsed Ceo, McClelland and TerHaar, was also there and he had flyers explaining his endorsement.

This did not sit well with Lee Bourgoin, who after losing to Marl for Mayor in 2014, finished well back of the three winners Tuesday.

“I don’t know why the Mayor feels like he needs to run against me again. This should be about ideas,” Bourgoin said.

Following the election the candidates he endorsed and the passage of the school bond, Marl said he always had faith that Saline voters would make the right choices.

Voter turnout was 27.41 percent in the city.



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