Politics

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.

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   [...]