May 07, 2008 TRI-CITY AREA — Local school districts heaved a sigh of relief as Tuesday's election results were tallied. Voters in Imlay City, Almont, Dryden and Capac handily approved all of the schools' funding proposals on the ballot.
In Dryden, residents gave their consent to both an 18 mill non-homestead renewal (394 to 164) and bond issue worth $2.3 million (321 to 236).
Non-homestead renewals in Almont (574 to 167) and Imlay City (470 to 134) were also passed as was a Headlee override proposal in Capac (206 to 174).
Also up for grabs were school board seats. In Almont, Steve Hoffa (335) and John Miles (319) garnered the most votes out of five candidates. Both currently sit on the board. Other candidates were Laura Gutenkunst (314), Chris Krim (249) and Trisha Swantek (81).
In Capac, incumbent Gene Sinda (207) held onto his seat and he'll be joined by former member Bill Ellis, the third overall top vote getter (195). Dale Stuever (292) was unopposed for his two-year term. Other candidates were Loralee Pillsbury (146) and Peter Frangedakis (120).
School board races in Dryden and Imlay City were uncontested.
Dryden incumbents earning votes were Marti Riley (381), John Powell (377) and Kent Gierman, a write-in, (27).
Imlay City incumbents earning votes were Sharon Muir (517), Eric Thuma (411) and write-in Kim Nichols (53).