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Judge, county board races in Iron County

November 5, 2012
The Daily News


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS - Iron County voters will be deciding on two county-wide offices, two county commissioner seats, two county-wide proposals, and various city and township races in the Nov. 6 general election.

For the non-partisan position of probate court judge, incumbent Judge C. Joseph Schwedler faces opposition from attorney Mark D. Tousignant.

Three candidates are seeking two Iron County Road Commission seats. They are Democrats Dan Germic and Christopher Sholander and independent Chalmers McGreaham.

For the district three county commissioner seat, incumbent Rosalie King, a Democrat, faces opposition from Ray Coates, an independent. District three covers the city of Caspian and the southern half of the city of Iron River.

For the district one county commissioner seat, incumbent Wayne Wales, who lost in the August Democratic primary, has launched a write-in campaign against the primary winner Patti Peretto. District one covers the city of Gaastra and the townships of Iron River and Stambaugh.

Ballot proposals include a 911 surcharge renewal and a road commission millage renewal.

The 911 surcharge, which would not exceed 16 percent of the highest monthly flat rate charged for a one-party access line within the county, would go toward financing the equipment and operating costs of the county's 911 system. It would be in effect from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2018.

The road commission proposal is for one-half mill in the years 2013 through 2016, which would go toward the maintenance, repair, and reconstruction of all roads in Iron County.

Contested races and ballot proposals in the local municipalities are listed below. There are no contested races in the city of Iron River, the city of Gaastra, Hematite Township, Mastodon Township, and Stambaugh Township.

Bates Township

For the office of clerk, incumbent Barbara Moncivais, a Democrat, will face Marie Konoske, a Republican.


There are five candidates running for three non-partisan seats on the city commission. They are incumbents Gary Sabol, Anthony Dallavalle, and Colleen Smetak, and challengers Matthew Jacks and Mike Varney.

Crystal Falls

There are four candidates running for two non-partisan seats on the city council. They are Patrick Sommers, Mike McCarthy, Joan Havens, and Adam Schiavo.

Crystal Falls Township

For the office of supervisor, incumbent Thomas Lesandrini, a Democrat, will face Dennis Divoky, an independent.

There are four candidates running for two seats on the board of trustees. They are incumbent Democrat Diane Kut, independents Joanne Seppala and Timothy Aho, and write-in David Grondin.

Iron River Township

For the office of supervisor, incumbent Mark Polley, a Democrat, will face Scott Tarsi, a Republican.

There are four candidates running for two seats on the board of trustees. They are incumbent Democrat Kenneth Piwarski, incumbent Republican Alden Froblom, Democrat Mike Sheehy, and independent Gregory Kramer.

The township is also asking for two millages: a road millage renewal for one mill from 2013 through 2015 and a general operational millage for two mills from 2013 through 2015.

Mansfield Township

There are three candidates running for two seats on the board of trustees. They are incumbent Democrat Pam Minerick, incumbent Republican Arthur Bloomburg, and Republican Joseph Olson.

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