2012-12-27 / Front Page

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Election produces little area change


Candidates from county and state races gather on stage during the Schoolcraft County Candidate Forum held in October. Locally, the Schoolcraft Board of Commissioners saw only one seat change. 
Pioneer Tribune photo Candidates from county and state races gather on stage during the Schoolcraft County Candidate Forum held in October. Locally, the Schoolcraft Board of Commissioners saw only one seat change. Pioneer Tribune photo MANISTIQUE – A general election in November likely remains fresh in the memory of most residents. Even with a wide field of contenders, little change occurred following the vote, with four out of five incumbent county commissioners retaining their seats.

For county commissioner, District 1, Craig A. Reiter was able to retain his seat on the board with 369 votes. His competition, Jerry Glasscock and John Zellar, pulled down 248 and 239 votes, respectively.

In District 2, a seat currently held by George Ecclesine, who did not seek re-election, Susan Cameron narrowly defeated challenger Rudy Lawrence with 281 votes to his 261. Third contender Allan Ott collected 132 votes.

Current board Chairperson Allen Grimm protected his seat from challenger Jill Johnson, pulling down 560 votes to her 344.

Independent Isaac R. Swisher was easily defeated by incumbent Gerald L. Zellar in District 4, garnering only 116 votes to Zellar’s 432.

In District 5, incumbent Daniel J. LaFoille was able to retain his seat on the board with 491 votes. His competitor, Renata M. Kitzman, pulled down 359 votes.

Incumbent Grant S. Harris was beat out for the position of Schoolcraft County Sheriff by past rival W. John Norrington. The two met up in the 2008 election, but Norrington took fourth place out of five candidates. This time however, Norrington was able to garner 2,093 votes – beating Harris by 205 votes.

MSUE was unable to secure a millage to operate a Schoolcraft County office; their fourth attempt at passing the millage failed by 1,129 votes. Manistique Area Schools, on the other hand, was successful in passing a millage renewal request with 1,782 “yes” and 1,477 “no” votes.

In Thompson Township, incumbent Theresa Lund was able to retain her position as supervisor, defeating contender Len Van Ness by 164 votes.

Doyle Township Clerk Tracy Smith was also able to hold her positions, garnering 185 votes to newcomer Stephanie Carlson’s 153.

In line with the most other counties, voters in Schoolcraft decided against all six state proposals.

With an unofficial 303 electoral votes, President Barack Obama easily beat contender Mitt Romney, who pulled in only 206.

Representative Dan Benishek retained his position in District 1 with 166,833 votes, while contender Gary McDowell pulled in only 161,536.

For the 109th district state legislature seat, John Kivela beat out contender Jack Hubbard by 6,738 votes.

Out of 6,627 registered voters in Schoolcraft County, 4,104 cast ballots, or 61.93 percent.

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