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Ionia County Drain Commissioner: Longtime incumbent challenged

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.

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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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Reynolds Township Board: 5-person township board faces 5 challengers

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.

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Village of Pierson Recall: Tiny village voting on second recall attempt in 3 months

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.

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Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services Millage: EMS renewal on the ballot

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.

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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.

About 30 people filled the Maple Valley Township Complex on Saturday for the Meet the Candidates event, which gave people a chance to hear what local candidates stand for. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Trufant forum gives insight on local political candidates

More than a dozen candidates participated in the Meet the Candidates event Saturday in Trufant. Steve Davis, a volunteer who helped organize the event, said he thought it went really well.