Politics

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Montcalm County Drain Commissioner: Race focuses on money

Behind the rhetoric, finances and experience are the top two hot topics being addressed by Sandy Raines and Dennis Lance, the two Republican candidates for Montcalm County drain commissioner. The two will face off in the Aug. 7 primary election. The winner will face off against Shane Jacobs, a Democrat from Howard City, in the Nov. 6 general election.

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Montcalm County Prosecutor: Stanton attorney challenging longtime prosecutor

The longtime Montcalm County prosecutor is being challenged by an attorney. Andrea Krause and Ronald Finegood, both Republicans, are facing off in the Aug. 7 primary election.

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Montcalm County Commissioners: 8 candidates running in 4 districts

Eight Republican candidates are running for four contested positions on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Crystal Township Board discussed ordinance 15A at the regular township board meeting Wednesday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board still wrestling with issues surrounding ordinance

When it comes to deciding what to do with Crystal Township dock and boat ordinance 15-A , everything seems to revolve around one single question. “The big question to me is, how are we going to enforce this?” Crystal Township Board Supervisor Charlie Braman asked at Wednesday night’s township board meeting.

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Crystal Township Board votes against pursuing ethics policy

The idea of enforcing an ethical code of conduct for the Crystal Township Board to operate by won’t be happening anytime soon after the board voted to not consider pursuing the idea. Spearheaded by Trustee Jerry Stone, the ethics policy would have required the board to act under five main principles.

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OPINION: CC-C community’s silence is deafening

A recent public hearing about hiring a new Carson City-Crystal Area Schools superintendent was short and sweet — because no one was there. The CC-C school board is searching for a new superintendent. Bob Swanson retired last August and Duane Ellis is currently serving as interim superintendent. A public hearing was scheduled for March 29 to hear thoughts and opinions of local residents about what skills and qualities the next school leader should have. But no one attended the meeting.

Part-time court security deputy Bruce Schnepp checks over Greenville resident Antonio Stewart during his visit to the Montcalm County Court Complex. Schnepp, along with two other court security officers, are expected to lose their jobs with the failing of the law enforcement millage.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County law enforcement millage fails

Montcalm County sheriff’s officials were in a somber mood Tuesday night as a law enforcement millage was narrowly shot down by voters. A 1 mill property tax increase request lost 4,205 to 4,085 – a difference of only 120 votes. The millage passed in Belvidere, Cato, Eureka, Home and Sidney townships, the city of Carson City, the city of Stanton and three of four precincts in the city of Greenville. The millage failed in Bloomer, Bushnell, Crystal, Douglass, Fairplains, Ferris, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pierson, Pine, Reynolds, Richland and Winfield townships. The millage passed in one Evergreen Township precinct and failed in another. It tied in Day Township.