During the 2023 general election, voters in the City of Lowell selected three councilmembers and decided whether to renew a reduced millage for Kent District Library. Most area township voters had only the millage question on their ballot. While the millage results won’t be available until votes from across Kent County are tabulated, we can tell you who won the Lowell City Council race.
Here’s what voters said.
2023 Lowell City Council Election
There were five candidates vying for three seats on Lowell City Council. Overall, the top vote-getters were Eric Bartkus and Mike DeVore. They each receive a four-year term on the council. Jim Salzwedel came in third and will serve a two-year term.
Here is the final tally for all candidates.
Eric Bartkus: 554
Mike DeVore: 473
Jim Salzwedel: 426
Jake Davenport: 314
Sharon Shah: 254
Voter turnout was approximately 24%.
For more election results from Kent County, visit the Election Reporting website.
Update at 8:43pm. We received the following from the Committee to Elect Jake Davenport:
The Committee to Elect Jake Davenport released the following Statement regarding the outcome of tonight’s election:
“This election process has been one of ups and downs, and I do not walk away from tonight with any regrets. I want this to work out in my favor and I worked tirelessly to try and make that happen. Despite this not being the outcome I worked for, prayed for, and hoped for, just know that I respect the decision of our community and the direction they chose to go.
Thank you so much for Mike Devore, Jim Salzwedel, Eric Bartkus and Sharon Shah for stepping up to try and lead our community. Despite the outcome being less than favorable, know that I intend to keep working to make our community a better place for all. Thanks again to everyone who came out to support me tonight. It was not our night, but my mission remains the same: helping people solve problems and making our community better. God still has great things ahead for me personally and for our city.”