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Experience abounds in race for Edmore president

The two candidates vying for the nonpartisan village president position in Edmore both bring respectable levels of experience to the position. Incumbent Lon Leonard has served the past six years as president with six years of trustee experience prior to that. Challenger Chet Guild also boasts 12 years experience, both as a trustee and president.

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Independent hopes to hold on to office in Montcalm Township

Ron Trachet, a Republican, is going up against incumbent Supervisor Michael Adams, an independent, for Montcalm Township supervisor Nov. 6. Adams, who took office mid-term when his predecessor was recalled, said if he was re-elected he would make sure to keep his policy of involving township residents in decisions the board makes.

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Former supervisor faces incumbent in Eureka Township race

The Eureka Township supervisor and her predecessor are reuniting for an election face-off on the Nov. 6 ballot. Republican Les Lillie, who was Eureka Township supervisor from 2004 to 2008, is running against incumbent Laura Shears, a Democrat.

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24/7 coverage on the line with Montcalm County law enforcement millage

Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell is hoping voters will place a priority on protection when they vote Nov. 6. Voters will be asked whether to approve a 0.6 mill proposal to generate about $950,000 over two years to help restore and maintain sheriff’s department coverage throughout Montcalm County.

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Montcalm County Drain Commissioner opponents question qualifications

The heated and frequently acrimonious race between Shane Jacobs and Sandy Raines for Montcalm County drain commissioner has focused all along on integrity and experience. Those two factors will likely guide voters going to the polls on Nov. 6. Raines, a Republican who currently holds the chief deputy drain commissioner position, boasts 34 years of “hands-on” experience in public service.

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Longtime Montcalm County commissioner challenged in District 7

Republican Ron Baker and Democrat Marjorie Morgan are facing off in this year’s race for Montcalm County Commissioner District 7. Both hope to bring some changes to the county if elected.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, right, shakes hands with Republican candidate for United States Seante Pete Hoekstra Saturday morning at the Montcalm Republican Headquarters in Greenville during a rally for the 2012 general election.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

State GOP descends upon Greenville as election nears

With the general election now less than 24 hours away, both the Republican and Democratic parties in Michigan are pulling out all the stops to reach out to every voter in Michigan with a goal to acquire every last vote they can for an election that is critical for both the nation and the state. On Saturday, the Michigan Republican Party made sure to include Greenville and Montcalm County in their efforts by rolling into town and making a stop at the Montcalm Republican Headquarters at 214 S. Franklin St. as part of their four-day, 24-stop bus tour.

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Montcalm County Commissioner District 5 pits retired teacher vs. commissioner

Republican Ronald Retzloff has served as a Montcalm County commissioner for 14 years, but Democrat challenger Jerome Duran is hoping to claim the seat of District 5. District 5 covers Day Township and Home Township, the northern half of Evergreen Township and the city of Stanton.

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Montcalm County Board of Commissioners District 1 candidates seek return to board

When it comes to the race for Montcalm County Board of Commissioners District 1, there’s no shortage of experience between the two candidates. Democrat Ronald Blanding, 84, of Greenville, and Republican Dale Reyburn, 62, of Greenville, have both served as county commissioner in the past and both currently serve on the Greenville Planning Commission. Now [...]

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Undersheriff, Animal Control officer square off in Ionia County sheriff race

With current Ionia County Sheriff Dwain Dennis choosing not to run for another term, the race for a new sheriff is between Republican Dale Miller and Democrat Gordy Douglas. Miller, 56, of Lake Odessa, has more than 32 years of experience in law enforcement and currently serves as undersheriff for Ionia County.