ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Capac's Village Council is due to get one new member as a result of the November 6 general election. Incumbents Mary Klug and Bruce Lawrence earned enough votes to get another four years on the council and joining them will be one-time council member Debra Hlubic who was the top vote-getter in a five-way race for three seats with 378. Klug came in second with 325 votes and Lawrence registered 270 votes. Rounding out the field was Lynne Cline Mandeville with 237 votes and Patti Weyhrauch, an incumbent, with 191 votes.
It appears Capac School Board incumbents Marie Killingbeck and Jim Crane will keep their seats. With 85 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Killingbeck had 1,801 votes while Crane registered 1,407 in the three-way race. John Antilla had garnered 1,201 votes.
Only 50 percent of precincts in the 81st House District were reporting results as of midnight but Republican Gary Eisen had a substantial lead (64%) over Democrat Joshua Rivard (35%). In the end, that margin remained unchanged when all the precincts reported early on Wednesday. Eisen got 22,811 (63%) votes to Rivard's 13,130 (36%) votes meaning Eisen has secured a two-year term in the House.
Just before midnight on Tuesday, it was apparent Republican Dan Lauwers would cruise to victory in his home county of St. Clair. On Wednesday morning, with all precincts reporting, Lauwers tallied 39,823 vote to Democrat Debbie Bourgois' 24,341. The 25th District also includes Sanilac and Huron counties and a portion of Macomb County.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.