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Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties. Former Ionia County prosecutor Ron Schafer was appointed to the bench in March after Judge David Hoort resigned. Hoort’s term ends this year and Schafer is now running for election. He was challenged by Ron Finegood and Monica Tissue-Daws, both Stanton-based attorneys.

Jim Lower, the Republican nominee for the 70th District state house, visits with friends during a victory party at his Cedar Lake home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lower wins 70th District GOP nomination, Albert takes 86th

In the two Republican primary races for local state representatives, one challenger walked away with an easy victory, while the second race proved to be a very close call. Voters elected Jim Lower of Cedar Lake to run for Michigan’s 70th State House District and Thomas Albert of Grattan Township to run for Michigan’s 86th State House District.

Montcalm County Undersheriff Mike Williams monitors primary election results online with his wife, Jeni, at their Sidney-area home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Voters choose Williams as next Montcalm County sheriff

The tightest race in Montcalm County came down to the sheriff’s next man in command. Voters convincingly chose Undersheriff Mike Williams to succeed longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell on Tuesday. Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year and endorsed Williams to follow in his footsteps.

Ron Schafer

JUST IN: Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties.

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JUST IN: Jim Lower wins Republican primary for 70th District House

With 39 of 39 precincts reporting, voters have elected Jim Lower of Cedar Lake as the representative of the Republican party to run for the 70th District House in November.

From left, Greenville Payroll Clerk Theresa Foster, Deputy Treasurer Erika Ward, Clerk/Treasurer Brad Hool, and Deputy Clerk Krystal Grace-Hatfield stand outside Greenville City Hall together during Hool’s last full week before retirement on Wednesday.

City clerk/treasurer retires after 20 years in Greenville

“Riding off into the sunset” may be a well known Hollywood movie cliché, but for Brad Hool, heading toward that picturesque setting sun is exactly what he intends to do.

Charlie Mahar, at right, explains his plans for the future if he is elected Montcalm County sheriff while fellow sheriff candidates Michael Williams, center, and Charles Noll, at left, listen during a primary election forum Monday evening in Greenville. The three Republicans are facing off in today’s election. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County candidates make final bid for votes before today’s election

The three candidates in the hottest race in Montcalm County were given one last chance to earn votes. Charlie Mahar, Charles Noll and Michael Williams had their final face off during a candidate forum Monday evening at Montcalm Community College’s Ash Technology Learning Center in Gr

Tyler Nelson was given an electric scooter, shown here, by his coworkers through a collection of donations. Prior to this, Tyler was walking approximately two miles each way to go to work. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Restaurant employees help ease commute for coworker

Tyler Nelson has a job to do. He wakes up in the morning, puts on his uniform and hat, packs a backpack with lunch and other necessities and he sets out. He walks approximately two miles each way on his commute to work.

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Montcalm County releases sheriff candidates’ personnel files

The Daily News utilized the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain the personnel files of five candidates running for sheriff in two counties, in an effort to research the character and job performance of all five men.

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Primary election candidate forum is Monday

With Tuesday’s primary election just around the corner, undecided minds have one final opportunity to listen to this year’s candidates for three important local races. On Monday evening, a candidate forum will take place at the Ash Technology Learning Center at the Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Greenville Campus at 1325 Yellow Jacket Drive in Greenville.