Politics

Brian Greene

ELECTION PREVIEW: Greenville councilman, planning commissioner vie for Montcalm County spot

Two Greenville residents will face off against each other for the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat being vacated by Ron Blanding, who will not run for re-election.

Lisa Posthumus Lyons

ELECTION PREVIEW: Lyons faces Republican challenger

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, is being challenged in her bid for re-election to the 86th District by Angela Rigas, also a Republican from Alto. The winner of the Tuesday’s primary election will face Democratic candidate Lynn Mason of Belding in November’s general election.

Ken Hart

ELECTION PREVIEW: Democrats Hart and Hoisington hoping to face off against Outman

Two Democrats are facing off in the primary election for a chance to unseat the 70th District state representative incumbent in the general election. Ken Hart of Alma and James Hoisington of Stanton are vying for the Democratic win on Tuesday with the hope of besting current State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, in November.

Justin Amash

ELECTION PREVIEW: Amash faces GOP challenger in primary

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, is running for his third term as the congressman for Michigan’s 3rd District. Amash will face challenger Brian Ellis for the Republican win in Tuesday’s primary election. The winner of Tuesday’s election will face Democrat Bob Goodrich of Kentwood in November’s general election.

Peter Konetchy

ELECTION PREVIEW: 3 vying for open 4th District seat

Three Republicans are facing off in Tuesday’s primary election to see who will go up against a Democrat in the general election for the open 4th Congressional District seat. Longtime Congressman Dave Camp is not pursuing re-election to the 4th District, which encompasses the central and northwest section of Michigan, including 15 counties: Clare, Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Montcalm, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, Saginaw, Shiawassee and Wexford.

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16 running for 5 seats in Edmore; Sheridan and Pierson candidates disqualified

Sixteen candidates have filed to run for five open seats on the Edmore Village Council, while multiple potential candidates have been disqualified for running for election in the villages of Sheridan and Pierson.

VFW 5065 Commander Donald Rule delivers a welcome speech to an audience of more than 60 people Thursday evening at the Sheridan VFW Post for the Meet the Candidates forum. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Sheridan candidates forum introduces political hopefuls to Montcalm County

With the Aug. 5 primary election quickly approaching, Thursday evening proved to be an informative event for more than 60 people who attended the “Meet the Candidates” event at the Sheridan VFW Post. Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan representatives from five races introduced themselves and their reasons for running throughout the two-hour event.

Guest View | 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.