Twenty-three file petitions for county offices, five for judicial spots

May 18, 2012

The deadline for petitions was Tuesday at 4 p.m. and the slate of candidates for the 2012 elections is full.

In the August 7 Primary, 55th Circuit Court Judge Roy G. Mienk (incumbent) will face former Clare County Prosecutor Ghazey H. Aleck II.

Another former prosecutor, Norman E. Gage of Harrison will vie for the position of 17th District Judge of Probate Court (Probate/Family Court) against Tara Hovey and Marcy Klaus, both of Clare in August.

Nearly every public office in Clare County will be up for grabs in November. Twenty-three have filed petitions to secure a place on the November ballot in the August Primary Election.

With both unopposed in the Primary, Incumbent County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis (R) will face challenger Jon H. Ringelberg (D) in November for a four-year term.

Two Republicans and former employees of the Sheriff’s Department – former Undersheriff Richard T. Miller and Mark M. McClellan – will face off August 7 for the chance to go against Democratic Incumbent Sheriff John Wilson in November, who is seeking reelection for another four years.

The race for Clerk * Register of Deeds will also be decided in November when Democratic Incumbent Pamela G. Mayfield faces Republican challenger Kimberly G. Davis for the next four year term.

County Treasurer and Democrat Jenny Beemer-Fritzinger is assured another four year term since she is unopposed in both August and November. Also unopposed in either the Primary or on the November ballot, Republican Paul Lapham will add another four year term to his longtime position as County Surveyor.

Incumbent Democrat Mike Duggan will face Republican Don Kolander in November for a six-year term on the County Road Commission.

Democrat Philip Duggan will challenge Incumbent Republican Carl Parks for a four year term as County Drain Commissioner. Neither will face competition in the August Primary.

There will be competition for three County Commission seats in November but no competition from their own parties in August.

Incumbent Republican Jerome Burger and Democrat Dale Majewski will both see their names on the November ballot for a two-year term representing District 1.

Incumbent Republican Donald David will face Democrat Rick Laboda in November for two years representing District 5 on the County Board.

The third seat up for grabs will be two years representing District 6. Democrat Incumbent Karen Lipovsky is being challenged by Republican Jim Keysor.

For District 2 Lynn Laverty-Grim (D); for District 3 – Leonard Strouse (R); and for District 7 James Gelios (D) are all unopposed in both Primary and General Election.

At the State level, Incumbent Republican Joel Johnson will face Democratic contender Chris Breznau of Standish for another term representing the 97th District.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will be the only Democratic name on the August Primary ballot. In November she will face one of six Republicans for another term in the U.S. Senate. Democrats running in the Primary include Clark Durant of Gross Pointe Farms, Gary Glenn of Midland, Randy Hekman of Grand Rapids, Pete Hoekstra of Holland and Peter Konetchy of Roscommon.

With no competition in August, Republican Incumbent U.S. Congressman Dave Camp of Midland will face his only battle for another term in November when challenger Debra Freidel Wirth of Eagle runs against for the 4th District House seat.

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