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Newcomers on Iron County Board

August 8, 2012
By NIKKI YOUNK - Staff Writer , The Daily News

CRYSTAL FALLS -There will be at least two new faces on the Iron County Board of Commissioners come January.

All candidates for county commissioner seats and county-wide offices ran as Democrats. Unless there is a successful independent or write-in candidate in the November election, all of the winners of county commissioner seats and county-wide offices in Tuesday's primary will take their seats in January.

Current board chair and district one commissioner Wayne Wales narrowly lost in the primary election to challenger Patti Peretto. Peretto received 311 votes, 51.2 percent of the vote, and Wales received 294 votes, 48.4 percent of the vote.

District one covers the city of Gaastra and the townships of Iron River and Stambaugh.

In district two, which covers the northern half of the city of Iron River and Bates Township, voters elected Jim Brennan with 294 votes, 58.3 percent of the vote, over Roger Zanon with 209 votes, 41.5 percent of the vote.

Incumbent district two commissioner Fran Wills did not seek re-election.

In district five, which covers the townships of Crystal Falls, Mansfield, and Hematite, incumbent Bev Camp held on to her seat with 444 votes, 89.2 percent of the vote, over John Faccin with 53 votes, 10.6 percent of the vote.

Iron County voters also decided on two county-wide positions: sheriff and treasurer.

In the race for sheriff, incumbent Mark Valesano won with 1,871 votes, 71.4 percent of the vote, over challenger Donald Nordstrom with 749 votes, 28.6 percent of the vote.

In the race for treasurer, Melanie Camps won with 1,370 votes, 54 percent of the vote, over Punner Franzene with 1,162 votes, 45.8 percent of the vote.

Incumbent treasurer Marcia Cornelia did not seek re-election.

In addition, Iron County voters approved two proposals.

The allocated millage proposal passed with 1,455 yes votes, 56.6 percent of the vote, over 1,116 no votes,

43.4 percent of the vote.

The proposal will increase the millage allocation to the townships from 1.20 mills to 1.25 mills and decrease the millage allocation to the county from 6.48 mills to 6.43 mills for the years 2013 and 2014.

The Forest Park School bond proposal passed with 591 yes votes, 52.4 percent of the vote, over 537 no votes, 47.6 percent of the vote.

The estimated millage that will be levied is .12 mills in the first year, then an average of .62 mills in each of the following seven years. Forest Park Schools will used the $995,000 to pay for technology and building upgrades.

Results for contested races in the local municipalities are listed below:

Bates Township

For the office of supervisor, incumbent Grant Helgemo was elected the Democratic candidate with 171 votes, 62 percent of the vote, over Douglas Bonno with 104 votes, 37.7 percent of the vote.

For the office of treasurer, Teresa Nelson was elected the Republican candidate with 39 votes, 67.2 percent of the vote, over Lisa Gasperini with 19 votes, 32.8 percent of the vote.

Iron River Township

For the office of clerk, incumbent Amber Laturi was elected the Democratic candidate with 158 votes, 65.3 percent of the vote, over Dawn Pisoni with 84 votes, 34.7 percent of the vote.

For the office of treasurer, Robert Tulppo was elected the Republican candidate with 48 votes, 52.8 percent of the vote, over incumbent Nancy Clements with 21 votes, 23 percent of the vote, and Sherri Tarsi with 22 votes, 24.2 percent of the vote.

Stambaugh Township

Two incumbent Democratic trustees retained their seats. Kevin Isaacson, with 199 votes, and George Brunswick, with 121 votes, won over Julius Bonel, with 116 votes.

Voter turnout was 34.3 percent. Out of 9,461 registered voters in the county, 3,242 cast ballots.

Nikki Younk's e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.

 
 

 

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