Anderson, Holmberg, Martinez-Kratz retain seats on Chelsea City Council
All three incumbents, Rod Anderson, Bill Holmberg and Kent Martinez-Kratz were re-elected to City Council by Chelsea voters Tuesday night.
With 645 of the 4,151 registered voters casting ballots, Anderson was the top vote-getter, receiving 397 votes, Martinez-Kratz was second with 300 votes, and Holmberg finished third with 281 votes, according to unofficial results.
Because of increased job responsibilities and the possibility of moving out of the city, Holmberg didn’t campaign for his seat, yet he still was re-elected.
“I plan to serve as long as I can,” he said, rather surprised by the result, “and (help the city) continue down a path of fiscal responsibility. I look at the budget like it’s my own money.”
Anderson, the top vote-getter said, “This shows that people are interested in limited government and fiscal responsibility,” two things he campaigned for during both his first four years on the City Council as well as this election cycle.
Former Village Manager Harry “Jack” Myers finished fourth with 217 votes, one vote ahead of fifth-place finisher Marcia Parker, who had 216 votes.
Sixth was Erin Brayton with 161 votes and Indira Ghosh finished seventh with 118 votes.
There were also 11 write-in votes.
This was the most crowded City Council race in many years, something that Mayor Jason Lindauer said reflected “where the city is headed when you have that many informed residents who want to be a part of something so special.”
He credited the “energy and passion of the citizens of the city,” for the increased interest of candidates.
Voter Matt Jordan said with so many candidates “it was more difficult to review the issues and the candidates, but it gives voters a good opportunity for people with different viewpoints and issues.”
Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for AnnArbor.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Chelsea stories, visit our Chelsea page.