Filing deadline is 4 p.m. May 15 for Aug. and Nov. elections


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:01 am on Friday, April 27, 2012

Who’s in the running so far?

Here’s who’s filed to run for countywide positions in Montcalm County so far. The filing deadline is 4 p.m. May 15, except for probate judge — that filing deadline is 4 p.m. May 1.

Montcalm County Board of Commissioners (districts are being rearranged next year)
• District 1 — Ronald Blanding, 83, of Greenville
• District 2 — incumbent Tom Lindeman, 68, of Greenville
• District 3 — incumbent Betty Kellenberger, 66, of Carson City
• District 4 — Ron Braman, 67, of Vestaburg
• District 5 — no candidates have filed yet
• District 6 — incumbent Patrick Q. Carr, 49, of Lakeview
• District 7 — incumbent Ron Baker, 65, of Howard City
• District 8 — Steve DeWitt, 43, of Coral
• District 9 — incumbent John Johansen, 76, of Greenville

Montcalm County officials (4-year terms)
• Prosecutor — incumbent Andrea Krause, 48, of Stanton
• Sheriff — incumbent William Barnwell, 57, of Greenville
• Clerk — incumbent Kristen Millard, 44, of Stanton
• Treasurer — no candidates have filed yet
• Drain Commissioner — Sandy Raines, 52, of Stanton
• Register of Deeds — incumbent Lori Wilson, 53, of Stanton

Montcalm County officials (6-year term)
• Road Commissioner — no candidates have filed

Montcalm County judgeship
• Probate Judge — incumbent Charles Simon III, 56

STANTON — Anyone wishing to file for August and November elections in Montcalm County has about two weeks left to do so.

All Montcalm County offices will be up for election, as well as city and township offices.

Anyone filing for a township or county commissioner office needs three to 10 signatures if they are partisan or nine to 30 signatures if they have no party affiliation. Anyone filing for a county office needs 100 to 200 signatures if they are partisan or 300 to 600 signatures if they have no party affiliation.

The deadline for filing for any elected seat is 4 p.m. May 15 at the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office in Stanton.

All nine seats on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are open.

A constable race will take place in Evergreen and Sidney townships, while the mayor and three commissioner seats are up for grabs in Stanton.

“The signature requirements are based upon population,” said Montcalm County Kristen Millard. “Countywide candidates as well as county commissioner candidates may pay a $100 fee in lieu of filing petitions. Township/local candidates cannot, except for library boards.”

Home, Reynolds and Richland townships will have library boards on the November ballot.

One judgeship will appear the November ballot. Montcalm County Probate Judge Charles Simon III has filed for re-election. He will not appear on the August ballot unless there is a need for a primary election.
The deadline to file for probate judge is 4 p.m. May 1 at the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office.

Information about Ionia County elections was not available.

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