Bedford Supervisor Candidates Square Off
Bedford Charter Township's Supervisor, Republican Adam Heikkila, faces a recall election on Tuesday. Independent Kraig Dingman, who spearheaded the petition drive, is running to finish the last two years of the four year term. Democrat Rande Johnson, a current township Trustee, is also in the race. All three were on the 95.3 WBCK Morning Show with Tim Collins.
Kraig Dingman, a police officer in Hastings and retired Battle Creek officer, moved to Bedford Charter Township 15 years ago. Dingman has said "The goal of this was to remove someone who is very detrimental and destructive to the growth of our township and get someone who can work with others for the growth of our township."
But Heikkila flatly denies any wrong-doing and says the other on the board have been out to undermine him from the start.
Township Trustee Rande Johnson, who was elected to a four-year term on the Bedford Charter board of trustees in 2016 says there's a lot of discourse that is clouding the fact that Bedford has a lot of positives. He's running because he feels he can get the township back on a positive track.
The reasons for the recall petition are: Heikkila failing to keep business hours at the township office, telling township employees to dismiss an ordinance violation case pending against him, being threatened with arrest for disorderly conduct toward township employees and establishing “a pattern of intimidating and threatening behavior which has created a hostile environment for both township employees and residents.”
Heikkila, Dingman, and Johnson talk about those allegations in the video.