New Buffalo residents had the opportunity to get their election questions answered in a relaxed atmosphere during a “Know Your Ballot” event at David’s Delicatessen & Coffee Tuesday, Oct. 25.
City candidates who are running in the upcoming Tuesday, Nov. 8 election were available at the Deli to meet with voters and discuss their platforms and discuss with them the City’s most important issues. In addition to City candidates were Andrew Vavra, who is running for reelection as 9th District County Commissioner against opponent Ezra Scott, and Rick Briand, who is running against incumbent Paul Bailey for Berrien County Sheriff.
Emma Brewster, who co-owns David’s along with Joe Lindsay, said the idea for the event was presented to them by Ray Kirkus, who is running in the recall election against New Buffalo Mayor Lou O’Donnell IV. She said that she hoped that residents who came to meet the candidates walked away with more knowledge about each candidate, as well as the City’s Bond Referendum.
“We’re happy to host it,” she said, and added that they did a similar event during an election a few years ago. “We want people to know what they’re voting for.”
In addition to Kirkus and O’Donnell IV facing off in the recall election, there are 10 candidates who are running for City Council. Running on the City of New Buffalo ballot for three open Council seats are: incumbent councilmen Robert Spirito and Mark Kroll, along with Elizabeth Ennis, Lea Grzywacz, Kevin Huber, Jeanette Kirkus, Ray Lawson, Diana Nichols, Si Osiri and John Sayne.
Voters will also be voting “yes” or “no” on the City’s Bond Referendum, which will determine the City’s issuing and selling general obligation capital improvement bonds in the amount of $4 million to pay all or part of the cost of City street improvement projects, including water, sewer and residential street repaving.