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Watson and Conley score with voters

By Judy Reed

Charlie Watson

Charlie Watson

Voters clearly favored incumbent Charlie Watson in the Cedar Springs City Council election, with him getting 176 out of 202 possible votes. Voters were also able to vote for a second candidate, and that was a lot closer, with Pamela Conley getting 96 votes, and Art Tiethoff 82.

Cedar Springs has 2,133 registered voters, which means 9.47 percent turned out to vote.

Pamela Medford-Conley

Pamela Medford-Conley

Conley’s win set City Hall into action Wednesday morning, with City Manager Christine Burns consulting with city attorneys to find out if Conley being a member of both the Cedar Springs Board of Education and Cedar Springs City Council will have legal ramifications. At press time Wednesday we did not yet have the attorney’s opinion.

Clerk Linda Branyan sent Conley a letter last summer advising her to check into the matter, and cited a case in Muskegon of a member of both the school board and county board of commissioners being ordered by the court to choose one or the other. Branyan’s concern is that there are contracts between the city and school. Conley told the Post that her lawyers have said it is not an issue.

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