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Ionia County Clerk: Commissioner aims to unseat clerk

The position of Ionia County clerk will be decided between incumbent Ionia County Clerk Tonda Rich and current Ionia County Commissioner James Lower in the Aug. 7 primary election. Both candidates are running on the Republican ballot and with no candidate running on the Democratic ticket, the winner of the primary election will win the four-year term.

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2012 Primary Election Candidate questionnaires

The Daily News provided questionnaires to candidates in Montcalm County and surrounding area for contested races only.


Who’s in the Running? 2012 candidates for Montcalm, Ionia county offices

The election filing deadline has passed and the candidates are finalized for Ionia and Montcalm counties. The filing deadline was May 15 via the county clerk’s office.


Meeting in Brief: Belding City Council, May 1

Read a brief report for the May 1 Belding City Council meeting.


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

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.

James Lower

Ionia County commissioner to run for clerk

Ionia County Commissioner James Lower has announced his intention to run for Ionia County clerk. Lower, who resides in Ionia, will be running as a Republican. “Working with my colleagues on the board, I have achieved most of the goals I set out to accomplish when I ran for commissioner,” Lower said. “At this time I feel I can do more to improve our county by running for the county clerk position.”

Mike Huckleberry announces his intentions to run for the 70th District state representative seat at his Greenville restaurant Saturday morning. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Huckleberry ready for another state representative run

Michael Huckleberry announced his candidacy Saturday with support from local government officials and Sen. Carl Levin. Huckleberry, 63, said he would be running for State Representative in Michigan’s 70th District.

State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and State Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, discuss issues at Monday’s Legislative Luncheon at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Emmons, Outman focus on veterans at Legislative Luncheon

During last week’s State of the State address, Gov. Rick Snyder placed a heavy focus on the unemployment rate for veterans in Michigan. During Monday’s Legislative Luncheon at Montcalm Community College, local legislators kept focus on the issue. “Our veterans do not have access to the opportunities that are available to them,” State Sen. Judy Emmons said. “We are last in the country for our veterans in Michigan accessing the programs that they have earned, that they have sacrificed for and we have to improve that.”

Gov. Rick Snyder stands before members of the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, delivering his second annual State of the State address Wednesday night at the State Capitol in Lansing. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

‘We must finish what we started’: Gov. Snyder looking to build on successes

Gov. Rick Snyder centered his second State of the State address Wednesday night on building on the successes of 2011 and continuing to improve in 2012. Speaking in an upbeat manner, Snyder did not announce any major changes for the upcoming year and kept his topics on issues from 2011, stating he wants to instead focus on finishing “what we started.”

Ron Gunderson

Belding has new mayor

In his final act as the mayor of Belding, Roger Wills picked up his gavel, placed it in front of Ron Gunderson and exclaimed, “Mr. Gunderson, you’re the mayor.”
The City Council unanimously voted Gunderson in as the new mayor Tuesday evening after Wills received no support for a second term.