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Many choices on Aug. 3 ballot


Voters asked to decide a number of state positions and local issues



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July 28, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, August 3, for the state's primary election. They'll select candidates to advance to November's primary election and voice their opinions on a number of millage renewal proposals.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.

Here is a listing of the contests and requests to appear on local ballots:

25th District State Senate,

Democrats—

•Jason Blauet

•John Nugent

Republicans—

•Todd Courser

•Lauren Hager

•Phil Pavlov

81st District House Rep., Republicans:

•Peter Frangedakis

•Jud Gilbert

The winner will face Democrat Carol Morrissette in November.

31st Circuit Court Judge judgeship, St. Clair County:

•Mona Armstrong

•James Downey Jr.

•Cynthia Lane

St. Clair County Commission, District One, Republicans:

•Randy Schultz

•Steve Simasko

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Ann Baker in November.

In Lapeer County, one road commission seat is up for grabs with two Republicans vying for the job:

•John Quail

•Joe Suma

Many candidate names that appear on the ballot are uncontested in their races., including:

•Lapeer County commissioners Gary Roy (District 3), Linda Jarvis (District 6) and Ian Kempf (District 7).

•Lapeer County's 40th Circuit Court Judge Nick Holowka.

•St. Clair County's 72nd District Judge candidate Michael Hulewicz.

Others are on the ballot but won't face a contest until November's primary election, including:

•82nd District State Representative Kevin Daley, a Republican. His Democratic challenger in the general election will be Mark Monson of Columbiaville.

•Republican Congresswoman Candice Miller will face Democrat Henry Yanez in the fall for the state's tenth district seat.

• • •

Across Michigan, voters will be choosing a Democratic and Republican candidate for governor.

Democrats—

•Virg Bernero

•Andy Dillon

Republicans—

•Mike Bouchard

•Mike Cox

•Pete Hoekstra

•Rick Snyder

There are also contested primary races for attorney general, secretary of state and the Michigan Supreme Court.

• • •

Ballot proposals

Millage renewals on the St. Clair County ballot include:

•Library—.7 mills for four years, generating $4,597,000 in the first year.

•Parks— .4954 mills for six years, generating $3,254,210 in the first year.

•Seniors—.5 mills for four years, generating $2,918,776 in the first year.

•SC4—.5 mills for four years, generating $2,700,000 in the first year.

In Emmett, residents will be asked if they want to dissolve the village's government and vacate their incorporation.

• • •

One millage renewal is on the ballot for Lapeer County voters:

•Senior Services—.25 mills for four year, generating $647,347 in the first year.

One new millage request is on the Lapeer County ballot too:

•E 9-1-1 Central Dispatch equipment—.75 mills, up to ten years, which will generate $2.35 million in the first year.

One municipal millage is up for renewal:

•Almont Township fire—one mill for five years (2011-2015) which will total $203,255 in the first year.

In depth stories on many of these issues appear throughout the pages in this week's edition.

Election results will be posted online on Wed., August 4 at www.tricitytimes-online.com.

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 now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.
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