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Prosecutor, sheriff races in Dickinson

November 5, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Dickinson County voters will decide races for prosecuting attorney and sheriff in Tuesday's election.

A county-wide tax proposal to levy 0.4 mills for three years for the Enhanced 911 emergency dispatch system is also on the ballot. This levy, which would take effect in 2012, would generate about $375,000 annually.

County races follow:

- Prosecuting Attorney: The candidates are Lisa Richards and Daniel F. Anderson. Richards, a Republican, has served as a full-time assistant prosecutor for the county since 2001. Anderson, a Democrat, is a former assistant prosecutor who has operated his own legal practice in Dickinson County for the past 13 years. The incumbent prosecutor, Stephanie Brule, did not seek re-election.

- Sheriff: The candidates are incumbent Scott Celello, a Democrat, and challenger Steve Mulka, who has no party affiliation.

- Mine Inspector: The incumbent, Todd Jastremski, did not seek re-election. The candidates are Republican Steven M. Smith and Democrat Eugene J. DuCharme.

- Treasurer: The incumbent, Lorna Carey, a Republican, is unopposed.

- Clerk-Register of Deeds: Dolly Cook, the incumbent Democrat, is unopposed.

- Drain Commissioner: The incumbent, Kevin Trevillian, is running as a Republican and is unopposed.

- County Commissioner: The only contested race is in District 3, where voters will choose between Republican Barbara Kramer and Democrat Dale Alessandrini. The incumbent, Frank Smith, was defeated by Kramer in the Republican primary. Commissioners unopposed on the ballot are Republicans Joe Stevens, District 1; Ann Martin, District 2; and Henry Wender, District 4; and Democrat John P. Degenaer Jr., District 5.

- Judge of Probate Court: Unopposed is incumbent Judge Thomas D. Slagle.

Township races follow:

- Breen Township: All candidates are Democrats and all are unopposed. They are Harold Beauchamp, supervisor; August Murray, clerk; Chris A. McMahon, treasurer; Kevin E. Cary and Bob Massie, trustees; and Brenda R. Cary, constable.

- West Branch Township: All candidates are Democrats and all are unopposed. They are John E. Cootware, supervisor; Carol A. Jensen, clerk; Kim M. Oman, treasurer; Loretta F. LaForest and Evelyn Phyilliaere, trustees; and Wesley J. Oman, constable.

- Waucedah Township: All candidates are unopposed. They are Chuck Adams, supervisor; Judy Dapoz, clerk; Jacalyn Menghini, treasurer; Richard J. Smaniotti and Theodore W. Testolin, trustees; and Donald Lombardini and Dennis Meneghini, constables. Adams is a Republican and the rest are all Democrats.

- Sagola Township: Candidates on the ballot include Don Minerick, Democrat, supervisor; Julie A. Roell, Republican, clerk; and Kathy Piasini, Democrat, treasurer. There are three candidates for two trustee positions: Michael C. Kroll, Republican; Thomas L. Roell, Republican; and Yvonne M. Schultz, Democrat. Also, Jim Myers is a write-in candidate for supervisor against Minerick.

- Norway Township: Candidates unopposed, all Democrats, are Leonard Bal, chairman; Theresa Hammill, clerk; and Helen Rossato, treasurer. There are four candidates for two trustee seats: Ronald Matonich, Republican; David B. Solda, Democrat; Richard Zanon, Democrat; and Michelle Ann Chartier, no party affiliation.

- Felch Township: All candidates are unopposed on the ballot. They are Robert A. Mattson, Republican, supervisor; Darrell Oman, Republican, clerk; Marilyn M. Steinbrecher, Democrat, treasurer; and Gregory Wille, Republican, and Kevin Sundholm, Democrat, trustees.

- Breitung Township: Unopposed are Denny Olson, Republican, supervisor; and Samantha Coron, Democrat, clerk. Candidates on the ballot for treasurer are Carol Taylor, Republican, and Anne Cahee, Democrat. Cahee, however, has withdrawn and is supporting the write-in candidacy of Johanna Provost. There are seven candidates for four trustee seats. They are Republicans Mary Beth Dixon, Russ Garrett, John M. Gaudette and Ben Peterson and Democrats John K. Erickson, Rita Luri and Aaron Rochon.

School issues on Tuesday's ballot follow:

- North Dickinson: The district is seeking a renewal of its 18-mill operating levy for 10 years, beginning in 2014. By statute, a homeowner's principal residence is exempt from this tax.

- Norway-Vulcan: The district is seeking to borrow up to $3.6 million for building improvements and technology. According to school officials, approval of the millage would result in no net increase in the current debt levy.

The proposal asks taxpayers the following:

Shall Norway-Vulcan Area Schools, Dickinson and Menominee Counties borrow the sum of not to exceed $3.6 million and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefore, for the purpose of partially remodeling, furnishing and refurbishing, equipping and re-equipping the Norway-Vulcan Area School; acquiring and installing educational technology for school facilities, together with related infrastructure improvements; equipping, developing and improving playgrounds; and developing and improving the site?

- Iron Mountain: There are two candidates for two school board seats, Lisa Basanese and Rob Langsford.



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