TRAVERSE CITY — Three Elk Rapids Township officials held onto their seats after a recall effort prompted by a controversial ambulance services contract fell short.

Voters on Tuesday opted to keep Elk Rapids Township Supervisor Bill White, Treasurer Michael Szymanski, and trustee Dorance Amos in office. They won over challengers Brenda Miller, Terry Morris and Myrna Holland by more than 100 votes each.

White called it a "good turnout." He said the recall effort shouldn't have gotten off the ground.

"When they filed the petitions we hadn't even voted on anything," he said.

Officials in October voted approved a contract with Mobile Medical Response, Inc., effectively outsourcing the township's ambulance service. Controversy marked the lead-up to the vote and some residents formed a Concerned Citizens Committee to recall three officials in the middle of their terms.

Committee Secretary Jim Braun expected the challengers would win, but accepted the final results.

"I think we'll continue to monitor the actions of the board because that's what good citizens do," he said, noting the incumbents are up for reelection in two years.

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