Candidates seeking offices reminded of deadline dates
Petitions are available now for candidates seeking a seat on the Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners. The two-year terms of all five current board members expire at the end of this year. Also up for election this year are the Schoolcraft County Clerk and Register of Deeds, County Treasurer, Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney, County Surveyor and one six-year seat on the Schoolcraft County Road Commission.
The petition deadline for all these races is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. At that time, all partisan candidates must have submitted their nominating petitions, along with the required affidavits of identity.
All candidates who submit petitions prior to the deadline will be listed on the ballot for the state’s primary election, which will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 7. That election is a runoff between partisan candidates, to see who will represent each party in the Nov. 6 general election.
The May 15 petition deadline applies only to party candidates, as they’ll be the only ones on the primary ballot.
Candidates who choose to run without any party affiliation have until 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, to turn in their qualifying petitions. Those candidates will not run in the primary but will appear on the general election ballot in November.
Petitions and other necessary paperwork are available now from the office of the Schoolcraft County Clerk.
Party candidates must get a minimum of three and a maximum of 10 valid signatures on their petitions. Completed petitions must be filed at the same office where they were obtained.
The current county board members are Craig Reiter (Republican, District 1), George Ecclesine (Republican, District 2), who has no intentions of seeking another term for his seat at this time; Al Grimm (Democrat, District 3), Jerry Zellar (Democrat, District 4) and Dan La- Foille (Republican, District 5).
The current Schoolcraft County Clerk and Register of Deeds is Dan McKinney (Republican), County Treasurer is Julie Roscioli (Democrat), who was appointed to the position after the retirement of former Treasurer, Terri Evonich; Sheriff is Grant Harris (Republican), Prosecuting Attorney is Tim Noble (Republican), who was also appointed after the retirement of Peter Hollenbeck; and Surveyor, Tom O’Brien (Democrat). The road commission seat is currently held by Bernard Lund (Democrat).
McKinney said this week that four petitions have been received so far. They are Tim Noble for Prosecuting Attorney, Grant Harris and R. John Norrington for Sheriff and Devin Lawrence, precinct delegate for Thompson Township. McKinney added that there is one proposal, a 3/4 mill for two years for paying off a bond debt for a fire vehicle and related equipment for Thompson Township.
In addition to the county offices and proposals, voters will decide a number of other races this year, including the office of President of the United States, now held by Democrat Barack Obama. Also on the ballot will be the 1st Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Dan Benishek.
In addition, Michigan voters will choose justices for the State Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Complete election and candidate filing information is available by calling the clerk’s office at 341- 3618.
Election rules and information are also available on the Secretary of State Web site: www.michigan. gov/sos.