IRON MOUNTAIN - Voters will decide the fate of a proposed bond issue for the Iron Mountain School District and the field of candidates for Dickinson County prosecuting attorney will be narrowed in Tuesday's primary election.
There are contested primaries in Breitung Township, Norway Township, Dickinson County Commissioner District 3 and the 108th State House District, as well as a county-wide vote on a library millage renewal.
A summary follows:
- Dickinson County Library Millage. Voters will be asked to renew a levy of 0.9 mills for five years (2015 to 2019) for the county library. It is estimated that a levy of 0.9 mills would raise approximately $868,000 when first levied in 2015. The county is currently authorized to levy up to 0.9 mills for the library, but in the past five
years (2008 through 2012) it has levied only 0.85 mills.
- Dickinson County Prosecuting Attorney. The incumbent Democrat, Stephanie Brule, is not seeking re-election. Two Republicans and two Democrats are on Tuesday's ballot. The Republican candidates are Julie LaCost and Lisa Richards. The Democratic candidates are Jay Finch and Daniel Anderson.
- Dickinson County Commissioner District 3. Incumbent Frank Smith is challenged in the Republican primary by Barbara Kramer. In the Democratic primary, Dale Alessandrini is unopposed. The district includes Iron Mountain's north side and portions of Breitung Township.
- Iron Mountain School Improvement Bond Proposition. The district is seeking authorization to borrow up to $11 million for a renovation project. The district's school debt levy has declined in recent years. It is currently 3.8 mills, but as recently as 2007 it was 7.5 mills. If the new borrowing is approved, the estimated average debt levy over the next 20 years is 5.12 mills. According to the ballot language, the new borrowing would represent an estimated 3.89 mills of that levy.
- Norway Township. In the Democratic primary, there are three candidates for two trustee nominations. The Democratic candidates are Veronica M. Gunville, David B. Solda and Richard Zanon. The lone Republican candidate is Ronald Matonich. Two trustees will be elected in November.
- Breitung Township. In the Republican primary, Johanna Provost and Carol Taylor are candidates for township treasurer. The lone Democratic candidate is Anne Cahee, the incumbent.
- 108th State House District. Incumbent State Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, is unopposed in the Republican primary. The Democratic candidates are former State Rep. Judy Nerat of Wallace and Sharon Gray, a certified public accountant from Rapid River. The district covers Dickinson, Delta and Menominee counties.