May 03, 2018 | 12:49 PM
ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Eric Stocker says he's the right choice for St. Clair County and Michigan as the next 81st District representative. The lifelong resident of Marysville is one of seven Republicans who will appear on the August primary ballot with hopes of succeeding fellow GOP member Dan Lauwers.
"I'm a fiscally conservative candidate, who's running to rebuild Michigan's aging infrastructure, reform education by offering students multiple pathways to success by including the skilled trades, and to make common sense solutions to fix Michigan's no-fault auto insurance to make driving affordable again," he said in a press release.
Stocker said he's taken a leave of absence from his job with the state to seek public office. He graduated from Marysville Public Schools, earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a master's degree in public policy from Lancaster University. Additionally, he is a long-standing and active member of the Republican Party, previously served as a precinct delegate for the party and is an Eagle Scout. Stocker currently serves as a general public member on the Michigan Board of Medicine. He described the board as an organization that's dedicated to "protecting and ensuring people's right to safe and moral treatment."
Stocker says that his career has included time in the education sector and state government.
"I am excited to listen to members of the community on what issues matter to you and take those to Lansing. Together we will put St. Clair County values back in the capitol and I believe that I am the right choice to work for you," he said.
The 81st District includes western St. Clair County including the village of Capac and surrounding townships. The other six Republican candidates include Gary Eisen, John Mahaney, Kenneth Nicholl, Michael Pratt, Dan Turke and Joel Williams. Joshua Rivard is the only Democratic candidate to file for the race.
Kempf faces challenge for District 7 county seat
May 03, 2018 | 12:48 PM
LAPEER COUNTY — Ballots for upcoming elections continue to shape up as filing deadlines come and go. Tuesday, April 24, was the last chance for partisan and non-incumbent judicial candidates to submit the necessary paperwork.
Among the deadline day filers was Michael Sharkey who has opted to challenge Lapeer County Probate Judge Justus Scott. Sharkey, who's currently serving as Lapeer County Prosecutor, submitted 800 signatures on his nominating petition, double the number that's required.
In the Tri-City area, only one sitting county commissioner will face a race. Sarah Graver, a Democrat, will challenge Republican Ian Kempf in Lapeer County's 7th District in November's general election. The 7th District encompasses Imlay and Almont townships, the village of Almont and city of Imlay City. Graver is a resident of Imlay City and represents the first challenge to Kempf's re-election since 2006 when fellow Republican Wendi Blatt put her name on the ballot.
Dryden's Jim Novak will earn re-election to the Lapeer County Road Commission without a contest. The Republican was the only candidate to file for a six-year term.
Local government units have until May 15 to file ballot proposals with their respective counties but some have already registered their intentions.
Attica Township will ask residents to renew both their fire operating and public safety millages up to 1 mill for a term of 20 years, 2019 through 2039. If approved, each would generate approximately $150,122 in the first year it's levied.
The Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library will go to the polls asking for a slight increase in their operating millage. The amount going before voters is 1.1 mills with .9966 considered a renewal and .1034 considered "new additional millage." The term of the proposal is ten years, 2019 to 2028. In that first year, the 1.1 mills would total about $384,000 in funding for the library.