Voters have many choices on Tuesday

October 31, 2014

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

The November 4 elections are next Tuesday.

The big races next Tuesday for Clare County will be for the U.S. House of Representatives (4th District, the Michigan House of Representatives (97th District) and the Michigan State Senate Seat (35th District).

4th District U.S. House
The 4th District seat is wide open this year as Republican Dave Camp will not run for re-election. Looking to fill that seat are John Moolenaar (R) and Jeff Holmes (D). Also on the ballot are Will Tyler White (Libertarian) and George M. Zimmer (U.S. Taxpayers).

U. S. Senate
Republican Terri Lynn Land (R) is in a bitter race with Gary Peters (D) for the U.S. Senate seat just vacated by Carl Levin who is not running for a seventh term. Also on the ballot are Libertarian Jim Fulner, U.S. Taxpayers candidate Richard A. Matkin and Green candidate Chris Wahmhoff.

97th District State House
Incumbent Republican Joel Johnson is being challenged for another term in the State Legislature by Democrat Mark Lightfoot. Both men claim Clare County as home. The 97th District includes portions of Osceola County and all of Clare, Gladwin, and Arenac counties.

Governor of Michigan
Voters on Tuesday will also re-elect or pick a new Michigan Governor. Their choices are Republican Governor Rick Snyder for another four-year term with Brian N. Calley for Lt. Governor; or Democrat Mark Schauer, running with Lisa Brown.

The ballot choices for governor also include: Libertarian Mary Buzuma with Scotty Boman; U.S. Taxpayers Mark McFarlin with Richard Mendoza; and Green Party candidates Paul Homeniuk with Candace R. Caveny. Also in the race for governor as a write-in, independent candidate is Rick Sills of Farwell.

Secretary of State
Candidates on the ballot for Michigan’s Secretary of State include Incumbent Ruth Johnson (R), Godfrey Dillard (D), Robert Gale (U.S. Taxpayers), James Lewis (Libertarian) and Jason R. Gatties (Natural Law).

Attorney General
Incumbent Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) is facing a challenge from Democrat Mark Totten. The other candidates are Gerald T. Van Sickle (U.S. Taxpayers), Justin M. Altman (Libertarian) and John Anthony La Pietra (Green).

Nonpartisan Judicial
In Clare and Gladwin County, 55th Circuit Judge Thomas R. Evans and 80th District Court Judge Joshua M. Farrell are both unopposed in their bid for another term on the bench.

Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahra, Richard Bernstein, Doug Dern, Bill Murphy and James Robert Redford are each seeking one of two available seats on the bench. Supreme Court Justice David Viviano is facing Kerry L. Morgan and Deborah A. Thomas for a partial term ending January 1, 2017.

Clare County Road Commission
At the County level, voters will pick a candidate who will fill one seat on the Clare County Road Commission for the next six years. Incumbent Republican Dick Haynak will face a challenge from Independent candidate Rick V. Craven.

Clare County Commission
Although there are two candidates on the ballot for County Commission’s 5th District, only one is seeking the position. Former Magistrate Rick LaBoda resigned his seat earlier because as a retired county employee he would not be eligible for retirement benefits if he was in office. His name was already on the ballot, but even if elected he will not accept the seat. Former Commissioner Donald David (R) ran as a write-in candidate in the August Primary, which put his name on the ballot.

Only two County Commissioners will face a challenge Tuesday. Incumbent Democrat Dale Majewski will face Republican and former commissioner Jerry Burger for a two-year term on the board representing District 1 and long-time Incumbent Democrat Lynn Laverty-Grim will face a challenge from Republican Samantha J. Pitchford for the two-year term representing District 2.

The other members of the board are each assured another two-year term. Running unopposed in both the Primary and General Election in November are:
*3rd District Republican Leonard Strouse;
*4th District Republican Jack Kleinhardt;
*6th District Democrat Karen Lipovsky; and
*7th District Democrat Jim Gelios.

Harrison:
Harrison Mayor Stacy Stocking is unopposed, but four are running for the three available council seats: Connie Cauchi, Don Kolander, John Hamilton and Karen Wilson.

Clare:
Clare City Commission incumbents Jean McConnell and Bob Bonham are unopposed for re-election.

Village of Farwell:
Village President Gina Hamilton appointed last summer when long-time Village President Steve Grim stepped down for health reasons, is unopposed on the ballot as are trustees Justin Colosky, James Conlay and Joseph Manley.

Township:
It will be a quiet election Tuesday on the township level. Running unopposed for four-year terms are:
*Freeman Township Supervisor Republican Alan Housler;
*Frost Township Treasurer Democrat Virginia Hogan;
*Hatton Township Clerk Republican Jessica Evans;
*Hayes Township Supervisor Democrat Terry R. Acton;
*Hayes Township Clerk Democrat Nancy Austin;
*Redding Township Clerk Republican Marianne Borgula; and
*Redding Township Treasurer Republican Sandi Gruber.

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