Marshall, Dittmar prevail in Petoskey council races
Kate Marshall (left) and Granf Dittmar are the winners of Petoskey's 1st and 3rd Ward city council races, respectively, in Tuesday's election.
In the 1st Ward, Marshall secured a two-year council term with 192 votes, with 114 ballots cast for Atkins.
“I’m honored to have the support of the people of the 1st Ward, and hope that I will merit their trust and do a good job,” Marshall said. “It’s a really great thing to be part of the democratic process as well.”
Marshall, 66, has served as Petoskey’s mayor, a city council member and an appointed Petoskey planning commissioner in years past. She is a co-owner, director and seasonal store employee of Petoskey-based American Spoon Foods.
“I think people maybe just wanted a change and wanted to move forward in a positive way,” she said of the 1st Ward race’s outcome Tuesday.
Marshall added that she was pleased by results for all of the local elections Tuesday. She noted that she hadn’t run with a specific agenda other than good government and a positive approach.
“I think many people share that opinion,” Marshall said.
Atkins, 66, was first elected to city council in 2009. He is retired from a 26-year career with the Michigan State Police, and more recently spent about a year as interim director and operations manager for the 9-1-1 dispatch center serving Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties.
“I’m very grateful to the citizens of the 1st Ward for allowing me to serve as their councilman for two years,” Atkins said. “I appreciate the opportunity very greatly, and I wish the best to Kate Marshall as she takes over that responsibility in the 1st Ward for city council.”
Dittmar received 180 votes in the 3rd Ward council race, while 163 were cast for Loar-Trudell. Bob Johnson, the 3rd Ward’s current council representative, decided not to seek re-election this year.
Dittmar, 59, is the owner of the Dittmar’s Chronotech clock and watch shop in downtown Petoskey. He was pursuing public office for the first time this year.
“I just want to thank everyone who helped,” Dittmar said. “We worked hard.”
Dittmar added that going door-to-door and meeting with his 3rd Ward neighbors was a highlight of the campaign for him, and that he thanks all of the candidates participating in this year’s local elections.
“I just look forward to serving the 3rd Ward and the city,” he said.
When asked if he sensed any factors that may have shaped the 3rd Ward race’s outcome, Dittmar said, “We just ran an upbeat campaign that emphasized the positive things happening in Petoskey.”
Loar-Trudell, 51, owns Baby Steps Childcare Center and Americana Pancakes. Prior to this year’s 3rd Ward race, she ran unsuccessfully for the Petoskey mayor’s position in 2010.
Loar-Trudell did not respond to a telephone message seeking comment on Tuesday’s election outcome.