Perschbacher, Busch, Eke win 2021 city commission race


Maureen Eke (left), Amy Perschbacher (middle) and Elizabeth Busch won the Mount Pleasant City Commission Election Nov. 2.

 Elizabeth Busch, Maureen Eke and incumbent Amy Perschbacher won the three open Mount Pleasant City Commission seats during the Nov. 2 election.

"I thank all those who have supported me through this journey and I am gratified that the residents of Mount Pleasant have elected me to the City Commission," Eke said. "I look forward to working collaboratively with Amy Perschbacher, Liz Busch and the other commissioners to serve this city. Together we can make Mount Pleasant a model city in mid-Michigan."

This year, Isabella County saw a 16.88 percent voter turnout out of 26,724 registered voters. This is a significant drop from the 74.19 percent of registered voters that cast their ballot in 2020.

Busch, Eke and Perschbacher will fill the three open city commission seats, two of which are departed by Commissioners Lori Gillis and Petro Tolas. Their victory entails a commission in the hands of seven people all with ties to the Democratic Party.

"Thank you Mount Pleasant," Busch said. "I am grateful for your support and look forward to listening to its citizens as we all work together towards a more progressive, sustainable and responsive community."

Perschbacher also shared her reaction to winning a second term in city commission.

"Needless to say, I am thrilled with the outcome of the election and I'm looking forward to working with the newly elected commissioners," she said. "My main priorities are affordable housing, increased owner occupied homes, helping small businesses thrive and working towards the success of all the residents of Mt. Pleasant."

Isabella County also voted in favor of the Mount Pleasant Public Schools Bonding Proposal.

Here are full results from Isabella County:


Liz Busch 1,532 (26 percent)

Maureen Eke 1,447 (24 percent)

Amy Perschbacher 1,393 (23 percent)

Phil Kruska 872 (15 percent)

Dan Hess 696 (12 percent)

Total write in - 17 (0.0029 percent)

Total: 5,957


  • The bond proposal is a 15-year bond estimated to generate $45.9 million for needed updates and upgrades to old school equipment, buildings and facilities
  • Allow the community to invest in schools and education without increasing existing property taxes

Should this proposal be adopted?

Yes - 2,675 (60 percent)

No - 1,747 (40 percent)

Total: 4,422