KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP — Kingsville township’s leadership will stay the same for at least another two years.
Incumbent Karl Brunell will serve another term as trustee, after defeating challenger Craig Stewart 275 votes to 239, according to unofficial results from the Board of Elections.
Brunell, an Air Force veteran, was first elected in 2015.
This year’s election was somewhat testy. Anonymous letters were sent to township residents, criticizing Brunell and the rest of the current trustees for their decisions.
Brunell intends to focus on seeing the township through the recovery from a 2016 fire that destroyed the its road department garage.
“I want to stay on board and see it through,” Brunell said before the election.
Stewart focused his campaign on giving a voice to the voters of Kingsville Township.
“Thanks to the people of Kingsville for supporting me,” Brunell said on Wednesday. “It’s sure been a stressful time, so I’m hoping to roll up my sleeves, get back to work and focus even more time on the township and less on election. Running a campaign and trying to get reelected takes a lot of time. Now I can devote all that extra time back into the township.”
Kingsville Township also had a fire and EMS levy on Tuesday’s ballot. The measure passed, 328 votes to 197. The 2.5-mill levy is one of two the township has that pay for its part-time fire department.
There was also negativity surrounding the fire levy, with signs appearing around the township, encouraging residents to vote no on the levy. The signs, like the letters campaigning against Brunell, were anonymous, lacking any information on who paid for them.
The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home 87.50 per year, and generates around $78,000 per year, according to the auditor’s office.
The township also has another 2-mill fire levy that was not up for renewal this year.
“It’s the money the fire department is able to run on, so it’s extremely important that it passes,” Kingsville Township Trustees Chairman Mike Cliff said in October.