County commission plans for changes following primary

During their first meeting since the Aug. 2 primary, a few St. Joseph County commissioners reflected on what will, in all likelihood, be an upcoming change at the state senator level.

Meanwhile, one commissioner expressed his dissatisfaction with a different legislator, who had better luck in his re-election run.

Ken Malone spoke during “commissioner comments” portion of the Aug. 16 meeting. He referenced State Sen. Kim LaSata and her re-election bid that came up short a few weeks later.

Malone gave LaSata credit for several positive things she did for St. Joseph County, including funding to help keep Sturgis Hospital afloat and to supplement the cost of refurbishing Langley Covered Bridge next year.

Malone then shifted his focus to the State House race, in which incumbent Steve Carra came out ahead in his bid for a second, two-year term as state representative.

Malone stated it is unfortunate St. Joseph County is “stuck for two more years with the same guy doing nothing as state representative.”

Malone concluded by saying he is aware his assessment of Carra obviously contradicts how the majority of the district’s registered voters feel.

Commissioner Dan Czajkowski followed and said he agrees with Malone’s reaction to both races. He also bemoaned commission chair Kathy Pangle’s defeat in her bid for re-election and acknowledged her unwavering dedication to the commission the past six years.

Pangle fell short in her attempt for re-election, as she was defeated by Mendon Township resident Rusty Baker. He will join the board in January.

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