Lake County votes in two new county commissioners

LAKE COUNTY — Voters in two precincts will have new representation on the Lake County Board of Commissioners. 

In District 7, Democrat Clyde Welford, who received 215 votes, defeated (incumbent) Republican Len Todd, who received 183 votes.

With the county commissioner seat for the District 3, up for grabs, Republican Kristine Raymond received a total of 617 votes, defeating Democrat Kelly Weaver, who received 168 votes. 

Welford, a retired teacher who taught school for 35 years, with 29 years at Baldwin Community Schools, and who had served two four-year terms on the Village of Baldwin Council in the past, is very thankful for the support of his candidacy, now having an opportunity to serve the village on the board of commissioners “from the ground up.”

“This has been unbelievable. I’m terribly excited and very anxious to take commissioner classes and getting to work,” said Welford when asked about his victory. “I am thrilled and the people who supported me, I have nothing but love for. I will do my best to work for them.

“I’ve been waking up with a big smile and feel like a big winner and feel I will bring wins for the community. 

Raymond, now elected commissioner for Ellsworth and Pinora and northern Chase townships, has had years of serving her community as well, with being secretary of the Lake County Planning Commission, the Ellsworth Township representative on the Tax Review Board, and was a Pine River School Board member/president for 12 years while her daughters were in school.   

“I would like to thank everyone for their support and confidence in me,” Raymond said. “I’m looking forward to working with the townships and am excited to be representing Lake County. Thank you.”