Some upsets, and one tie!
The winner of the Republican nomination for sheriff, Michael Borkovich, had amassed some $18,000 going into the election, according to offi- cial pre-election campaign finance statements.
Second place finisher Del Moore had about $7,000 to spend on his campaign; Mark Walter, who came in a distant third, spent almost nothing on his campaign.
Countywide, Borkovich garnered 2,956 votes, or 54.37 percent of the total; Moore received 2,201 votes, or 40.48 percent of the total; and Walter received 277 votes, or 5.09 percent of the total.
“I’m heading out right now to gather up some of those campaign signs,” Borkovich said from his home in Elmwood Township early Wednesday morning following the election.
“Running for office was a new experience for me, so I learned a lot,” Borkovich added. “It’s been a non-stop effort since I filed to run on April 12; and I’m looking forward to my life becoming a little more stable between now and the first of the year when I take my new post.”
Borkovich said he felt all Sheriff candidates ran good races, and Leelanau County voters would have done well no matter who won.
“The two other guys who ran are truly good guys and I appreciating how they handled themselves,” Borkovich said.
Walter on Wednesday morning offered his congratulations to Borkovich and wished him luck in the future.
“I placed a lot of effort into a straight forward grass roots approach of going door-to-door and attempting to meet the voters face-to-face – and that method failed,” Walter said.
“I’d like to thank those who supported me, and thank everyone who took the time to vote,” Walter added.
Moore noted that he started his campaign in September 2011 before Sheriff Oltersdorf announced whether he would run for another term or not, and before anyone else had filed to run.
“The one goal I had in mind was to improve on what has been accomplished and help bring healing and resolve to other issues,” Moore said. “I have high expectations for Mike Borkovich as incoming sheriff and I believe he will do his best to meet those challenges.
“I will support (Borkovich) 100 percent,” Moore added, “because I have known and respected him for nearly 20 years, and Leelanau County voters have spoken.”
Moore, too, said he wanted to thank all his supporters, and asked that if anyone has any of his lawn signs they “kindly remove them and dispose of them as soon as possible.”
So far, the Republican nominee for Leelanau County Sheriff, Borkovich, is facing no challengers in the November 6 General Election.
“This week I will spend a little time licking my wounds and taking care of a few chores here around the house that I’ve neglected since this campaign began,” Borkovich said.
“I feel very blessed that Steve Morgan (a Traverse City police captain) has stepped up to serve as my undersheriff,” Borkovich said.
“Once I catch my breath, I plan to start studying hard for my new job in the weeks ahead,” Borkovich added. “I will go through the department’s operations manuals in some detail along with a lot of the other paperwork, then I want to become more familiar with exactly what’s in the union contracts.”
Borkovich indicated that he is acutely aware that some hard feelings persist among unionized members of the Leelanau County Sheriff’s office and the department’s leadership – and that a federal lawsuit filed by deputies against Sheriff Michael Oltersdorf is slated to go to trial in October.
“Hopefully all these issues will be resolved before I take office in January, and we can all make a clean start,” Borkovich said. “The events that started this dispute happened a long time ago, and it would be good if we could all put it behind us.”