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August 2 VOTE -BOC Ballot Fields 16 Candidates for 9 Seats

All But 2 Local Races to Be Decided at Primary Level


HARRISON – HARRISON – The Clare County Clerk’s office has provided a listing of the candidates and proposals to be on the Aug. 2 Primary Election ballot. Vying for votes at the state level will be candidates for governor, U.S. representative, state senators and state representative. They include:

Governor – Democrat Gretchen Whitmer; and Republicans Tudor M. Dixon, Ryan D. Kelley, Ralph Rebandt, Kevin Rinke and Garrett Soldano.

U.S. Representative 2nd District – Democrat Jerry Hilliard; and Republicans John Moolenaar and Thomas J. Norton.

State Senator 34th District – Democrat Christine Gerace; and Republicans Roger Hauck and Lisa M. Sowers.

State Representative 99th District – Democrat Kenneth A. Kish; and Republicans Mike Hoadley, Alan Hover, Earl Lackie and Shawn Petri.

State Representative 100th District – Democrat Nate Bailey; and Republican Tom Kunse.

Contenders at the county level will include candidates for the road commissioner and county commissioner. They include:

County Road Commissioner – Merle Harmon (R) and Max Schunk (R).

County Commissioner District 1 – Marlene M. Housler (R) and Curtis Schaub (R)

County Commissioner District 2 – Dale Majewski (R) and Bronwyn Hawks Asplund (R)

County Commissioner District 3 – Jacob Gross (R) and Samantha Pitchford (R)

County Commissioner District 4 – Jeff Haskell (R)

County Commissioner District 5 – Sandra Bristol (D); David A. Hoefling (R) and Robert VanDenbrook (R)

County Commissioner District 6 – Jack Kleinhardt (R) and Shawn Anderson (R)

County Commissioner District 7 – Gabe Ambrozaitis (R)

County Commissioner District 8 – George Gilmore (R)

County Commissioner District 9 – Tom Koch (D) and Rickie G. Fancon (R)

Candidates running for township offices include:

Freeman Township Clerk – Cindy LaFave (R)

Grant Township Trustee – Linda Gilmore (R) and Karl W. Randall (R)

Greenwood Township Treasurer – Donald L. Warner (R)

Hamilton Township Clerk – Valdine Erskine (R)

Redding Township Clerk – Susan L. Brower (R)

Summerfield Township Treasurer – Sherilene Levy (R)

Proposals on ballots across the county include:

The Senior Citizens Services Millage Renewal Proposal seeks continued funding of Senior Citizen Services within Clare County at the same millage level previously approved by the voters in 2014, and if approved and levied in full, will raise an estimated $318,236.97 for the countywide Senior Citizen Services in the first year of the levy.

The Clare County Transportation Millage Proposal seeks a renewal of 0.5000 of one mill (50 cents per thousand dollars of state taxable valuation), to be levied for a period of five years (2023-2027). This millage has the potential to raise an estimated $615,385 to fund countywide public transportation in the first calendar year of the levy.

The Farwell Area Schools Sinking Fund Millage Proposal (Freeman, Garfield, Surrey townships) seeks a tax levy increase against all property in Farwell Area Schools, Clare and Isabella counties, not to exceed .5 mill (50 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of two years (2023 and 2024), to create a sinking fund for the purchase of real estate for sites for, and the construction or repair of, school buildings, for school security improvements, for the acquisition or upgrading of technology and all other purposes authorized by law. The millage is estimated to generate school district revenue of $240,000 in the first year of the levy.

The Evart Public Schools Operating Millage Renewal Proposal (Freeman Township) seeks to levy up to 18 mills renewal millage with a rate limitation of 21.8850 mills ($21.8850 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) in Evart Public Schools, Osceola, Mecosta and Clare counties for four years (2023-2026) for operating purpose. The estimated revenue is $2,297,908 in the first year of the 18 mill levy.

The Grant Township Fire Protection Millage Renewal seeks a four year renewal of 1.0938 mills ($1.0938 per $1,000 of taxable value) for four additional years (2023-2026) for contracting  fire protection services to the township, raising an estimated $120,523.20 in the first year of the levy.

The Hamilton Township Road Maintenance and Improvement Millage Proposal seeks to increase up to 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value) for three years (2023-2025) for township road maintenance and improvements. The increase is estimated to raise $60,000 in the first year of the levy.

The Lincoln Township Fire Department Fire and Rescue Services Millage Request seeks an increase to its expired 1.4895 mills to 1.50 mills ($1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) for 10 years (2023-2032) for fire protections and emergency medical services. Estimated to raise $151,272 in the first year of the levy.

The Summerfield Township Road Millage Renewal Proposal seeks renewal of 1.9380 mills ($1.9380 per $1,000 of taxable value) for five years 92023-2027) for road improvement, maintenance, brining; and roads and bridges construction in Summerfield Township. Estimated to raise $44,948.81 in 2023.

The McBain Rural Agricultural School Operating Millage Renewal Proposal (Winterfield Township Precinct B) seeks renewal of 18 mills ($18 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) for four years (2022-2025) to provide operating funds f. Estimated to raise $1,514,405 in first year of the levy.


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