Final result: Ponstein takes 7th District Republican Primary; Allen to face Mast for 12th District

Stan Ponstein
Stan Ponstein

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Kent County Commissioner Stan Ponstein was the first to announce his victory over challenger and former Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess last night via Facebook.


Ponstein posted “Thank you Grandville and Wyoming voters, my work for you will continue.”


For most of the night, with only half of the 13 precincts for the 7th District Kent County Commission seat reporting, Jon Hess was ahead by 50 votes. It was just before midnight when all the precincts had reported that it showed Ponstein beating out Hess for the Republican spot on the November 8 ballot, 1108 to 963.


Poinsettia’s work to keep his Kent County Commission seat is not over yet as he faces Democratic challenger Logan Arkema in the Nov. 8 general election.


The Democratic candidate for the 12th District Kent County Commission seat also was decided with Christian Allen, 166 votes, beating out Peter Hickey, who had 155 votes, and Albert S. Abbasse, who had 133 votes. Allen will face off against Republican incumbent Harold Mast in the Nov. 8 election.


All 19 Kent County Commission seats will be up for election on Nov. 8. Several of the seats had uncontested races for both the Republican and Democrat spots. For the Wyoming and Kentwood areas, the remaining Kent County Commission seats up for the general election are: District 8 Republican incumbent Harold Voorhees and Democratic challenger Franklin Cornielle; District 9 Republican incumbent Matt Kallman and Democratic challenger Keith F. Courtade; District 13 Republican Jessica Ann Tyson and Democratic Betsy Melton (District 13 incumbent Dick Vander Molen is not seeking re-election).


All election numbers are from the Kent County Election Returns.