BENTON TOWNSHIP — The battle over who won the Democratic nomination last year in the Benton Township clerk’s race during the August primary is now in the hands of Berrien County Trial Court Judge Dennis Wiley.

According to official results, Barbara Meeks lost to long-time Clerk Carolyn Phillips by 155 votes (787-632). Since there was no Republican challenger, Phillips went on to win the seat in November.

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