2017-08-10 / Front Page

Voters select 109th rep

Candidates vied to fill partial Kivela term

MANISTIQUE – Voters across the 109th District cast votes Tuesday to elect their new representative. A special primary election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of state Rep. John Kivela’s remaining term was held on Aug. 8, with the general election for the remainder of Kivela’s term to be held on Nov. 7.

Candidates for the 109th District Representative in the Michigan Legislature, a partial term ending Jan. 1, 2019, included: Republican Rich Rossway of Marquette; Democrat Sara Cambensy of Marquette; Democrat Tom Curry of Trenary; Democrat Joe Derocha of Champion; and Democrat Jeremy Hosking of Negaunee.

Former 109th State Rep. John Kivela committed suicide May 9, setting into motion the special primary election to fill his position. Kivela had served on the Michigan House of Representatives since 2013; prior to that he had served as the mayor of Marquette from 2008 until 2012.

Marquette City Commissioner Sara Cambensy squeaked out a slim victory in the primary race.

Cambensy won with 3,477 votes over second place finisher Jeremy Hosking, regional manager for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow with 3,344. Marquette County commissioner Joe Derocha finished third with 2,435 votes and Limestone Township supervisor Tom Curry was last with 386 votes.

The winner will now face Republican Richard Rossway, a marketing executive at ABC-TV10 and CW-5 in Marquette. He received 1,107 votes.

On the local level in Schoolcraft county, of the 6,650 registered voters, 558 stepped up at the poles.

Republican Rich Rossway received 145 votes.

For the Democrats, Jeremy Hosking received the highest with 144 votes cast followed by Sara Cambensy with 126, Joe Derocha 115 and Tom Curry in last with 23.

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