Politics

James Hoisington

Hoisington announces run against Outman

A union man has thrown his hat into the ring in a bid to unseat the State House representative for the 70th District. James Hoisington, D-Stanton, recently announced his intention to run against current State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, in November’s general election.

Sen. Carl Levin

Sen. Carl Levin to speak at Montcalm County Democrat dinner Saturday

Before Sen. Carl Levin leaves the United States Senate in his final term after more than 30 years of service as the longest-serving senator in Michigan’s history, he’ll be making at least one final local appearance. The Montcalm County Democrats will welcome Levin to the 8th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner on Saturday, along with State House Rep. Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids, to be a featured guest speaker at the fundraising event.

Councilman Thomas Jones raises his right hand as he is sworn in to Belding City Council on Wednesday evening after council members appointed Jones to council to fill the vacancy of former councilman Jon Bunce. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Jones appointed to Belding City Council

After sharing his opinions about the city and its happenings with customers during his many years as a store manager, Thomas Jones will now put those thoughts to use as the newest member of Belding City Council. Thomas was appointed and sworn in to council Wednesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot at the beginning of the first city council meeting of this year, filling the vacancy that was created after the resignation of council member Jon Bunce.

Jaimy Knowlton of Belding, front, fills out her general election ballot at the Belrockton Museum in Belding on Tuesday evening as several other Belding residents fill the voting booths casting their votes. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Variety of problems caused delay in reporting Ionia and Montcalm election results

More than 60 percent of registered voters in Ionia and Montcalm counties exercised their right to vote Tuesday. Ionia County had 62 percent voter turnout, while Montcalm County had more than 61 percent voter turnout (down just a few percentage points from the 2008 presidential election).

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Anderson, Insley retain school board positions in Belding; Vestaburg, CC-C, Montabella, Tri County elect board members

After a long night of waiting for election results to trickle in throughout Ionia County, a close race for two spots on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education came to an end in favor of two incumbents.

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Local Election Results (Area Proposals) 2:30 a.m.

AREA PROPOSALS IONIA COUNTY 911 OPERATING SURCHARGE PROPOSAL For the period beginning July 1, 2013 and continuing through the month of June in the year 2021, shall Ionia County be authorized to assess a monthly surcharge of up to Two Dollars and Forty Cents (not to exceed $2.40) on the monthly billings of landline, wireless [...]

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Local Election Results (School Boards) 9 a.m.

SCHOOL BOARD RACES Belding Area Schools-Nonpartisan  (2 positions) Cori Anderson Jennifer Boroff Thomas W. Cameron Robert Insley   CC-Crystal Area Schools-Nonpartisan  (1 position) Diane C. Demenov, Carson City 786 Randy L. Stearns, Riverdale 1,353   Montabella Community Schools-Nonpartisan  (1 position) Bill Burggren, Edmore 857 Don Havlicek, Home Township 438 Scott R. Parks, Remus 879   [...]

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Local Election Results (County Races) 2:30 a.m.

IONIA COUNTY Sheriff Dale A. Miller, R Gordy Douglas, D   MONTCALM COUNTY Drain Commissioner Shane Jacobs, D-Howard City 9,466 Sandra Raines, R-Sidney 13,884   Montcalm County Board of Commissioners District 1 Ronald C. Blanding, D-Greenville 1,084 Dale Reyburn, R-Greenville 857   District 5 Ronald Retzloff, R-Crystal 1,341 Jerome M. Duran, D-Edmore 1,049   District [...]

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Local Election Results (State Races) 2:30 a.m.

STATE OF MICHIGAN 70th District State Representative (38 of 39 precincts) Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes 17,104 Mike Huckleberry, D-Greenville 14,150   86th District State Representative (37 of 41 precincts) Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto 30,629 Brian Bosak, D-Caledonia 12,462   State Board of Education Todd A. Courser, R-Lapeer Melanie A. Kurdys, R-Portage Michelle Fecteau, D-Detroit Lupe [...]

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Local Election Results (President, Senate, House) 3 a.m.

UNITED STATES President 4,062 of 5,099 precincts – 80 percent Barack Obama, D-Ill. 1,963,038 – 53 percent Mitt Romney, R-Mass. 1,682,243 – 46 percent   United States Senator 4,062 of 5,099 precincts – 80 percent Debbie Stabenow, D-East Lansing 2,096,750 – 58 percent Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland  GOP 1,406,628 – 39 percent Representative in Congress 3rd District 209 of 311 [...]