By CHARITY B. SMITH
Sunday Times Newspapers
RIVERVIEW — Voters here elected Councilman Andrew Swift to be their first new mayor in 20 years as Mayor Tim Durrand chose not to run again.
Swift, who has been on the City Council since 2005, defeated retired police officer John Price 1,353 to 918.
In the City Council race, all three incumbents — Lynn Blanchette with 1,435 votes, Thomas Coffey with 1,337 votes and Elmer Trombley with 1,298 votes — were re-elected for another term. Mark Drysdale with 1,244 votes and Bill Towle with 564 votes were not able to defeat the incumbents.
“I will be Riverview’s new mayor in a couple of weeks,” Swift said in a statement on his Facebook page. “I am humbled and honored to have so much support over the past several weeks. I hope I do all the residents proud.”
Swift is the president of the Riverview Kiwanis Club and worked for Ford Motor Co. as a systems administrator for almost 17 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Detroit College of Business in 2000 and has an associate’s in Computer Science from Henry Ford College which he obtained in 1985.
In all 2,309 voters or 25.77 percent of the 8,959 registered voters participated in this election.