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Posted on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 : 10:59 p.m.

Roth, Peters and TerHarr win Saline City Council seats

By Lisa Allmendinger

Jim Roth was the top vote-getter in Saline’s City Council election, while Jim Peters and Linda TerHaar also were elected to City Council, according to unofficial results.

Roth finished with 925 votes, Peters got 775 votes, and TerHaar received 688 votes.

“I’m almost shocked," Roth, a retired educator said. "But I’m delighted that the voters came out to support me, and I plan to serve the people the best I can and I hope to join a good team.”

Roth said that he wanted to thank the people who voted for him and all the people who worked so hard to help him with his campaign.

“I believe it is important that all our city representatives mindfully listen and give fair, non-judgmental consideration of differing points of view during the decision-making process,” he said previously.

Finishing second was Peters, an engineer, who was recently appointed to the City Council to fill Patrick Ivey’s seat when he moved out of state. Peters finished with 775 votes.

This was his first time running for an elected office, but he’s served on the executive committee for the Saline Celtic Festival and has been involved with community in other ways.

TerHaar, who was appointed to the City Council in October 2010, finished third with 688 votes in her first election.

"I am deeply honored to have the chance to serve the community in this way. It's a huge deal to participate in the election process and I'm kind of awestruck," TerHaar said.

The retired librarian has been a longtime member of the Saline Lindenberg Friendship Committee, among other civic affiliations.

She campaigned on “maintaining Saline’s status as an excellent place to live and work,” while encouraging support and cooperation with the community-based, volunteer groups within the city.

John Heller, a retired dispatcher for the Saline Police Department, finished fourth with 635 votes and said, “he learned some stuff during his campaign and wanted to thank those who voted for him.”

“I need to absorb this,” he said, when asked if he’d stay involved in city issues.

Glenn Law, who was forced to resign his seat when he took a job out of the city, could not get his name removed from the ballot but still received 386 votes

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Saline stories, visit our Saline page.


the leprachaun

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 9:48 p.m.

Why would 386 people vote for law who was out of the race the whole time?