As Ionia County Sheriff Dwain Dennis prepares to step down from his post after 14 years, a pair of Republican candidates are squaring off in the Aug. 7 primary election. Dale Miller, 55, of Lake Odessa, and Curt Read, 61, of Fenwick, are each hoping to secure the Republican nomination for Ionia County sheriff. The winner will face off against Democrat Gordy Douglas of Orleans in the Nov. 6 general election.
Two candidates are competing for Ionia County drain commissioner in the Aug. 7 primary election. Incumbent John Bush, 68, of Belding, is seeking another term in office against challenger David Daniels, 44, of Lake Odessa. Both candidates are Republicans.
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.
The entire Reynolds Township Board is facing a challenge from five newcomers in the Aug. 7 primary election. Daniel Fisk is running against incumbent Supervisor Keith Grannis, Robin Sholty is running against incumbent Clerk Tina Porzondek, Jan Stevens is running against incumbent Treasurer Roger Stedman and Aaron Kindel and Willet “Bill” Smith are running against incumbent trustees Lee Olsen and Ann Yanke.
Residents of the village of Pierson will vote Aug. 7 on a second recall attempt in almost three months. Village President Karl Van Haren barely survived a recall attempt May 8. A total of 24 votes were cast against the recall of Van Haren, compared to 21 votes cast in favor of the recall. About 40 percent, or 45 of the village’s 112 registered voters, participated in that recall vote.
A Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services millage will be up for renewal in the Aug. 7 primary election. Voters will be asked whether to approve renewing 0.75 mills over three years to provide funds for maintenance and operations of ambulance and medical first response services from 2013 to 2016.
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.
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.
Eight Republican candidates are running for four contested positions on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.
The Daily News provided questionnaires to candidates in Montcalm County and surrounding area for contested races only.