HARRISON – The Clare County Clerk’s office has posted the unofficial results of the Aug. 2 Primary Election. Candidate fields were whittled down and, as previously noted, many local races were already decided prior to the casting of ballots in the upcoming Nov. 8 General Election. Vying for General Election votes at the state level will be the following candidates:
Michigan Governor: Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Tudor M. Dixon (R).
U.S. Representative 2nd District: Jerry Hilliard (D) and John Moolenaar (R).
State Senator 34th District: Christine Gerace (D) and Roger Hauck (R).
State Representative 99th District: Kenneth A. Kish (D) and Mike Hoadley (R).
State Representative 100th District: Nate Bailey (D) and Tom Kunse (R).
At the county level, Road Commissioners Merle Harmon (R) and Max Schunk (R) will retain their seats. County Commission District 1 contenders Marlene M. Housler (R) and Curtis Schaub (R) tallied 305 and 310 votes, respectively: close enough to see a possible recount.
Other commissioner race wins that will lead directly to wins in November include: District 2 with Dale Majewski (R) over Bronwyn Hawks Asplund (R); District 3 with Samantha Pitchford (R) over Jacob Gross (R); and District 6 with Jack Kleinhardt (R) over Shawn Anderson (R).
Running unopposed will be Jeff Haskell (R) in District 4; Gabe Ambrozaitis (R) in District 7; and George Gilmore (R) in District 8.
There will be two actual commissioner races in November. District 5 will see incumbent Sandra Bristol (D) facing former commissioner David Hoefling (R); and the District 9 race will be between incumbent Rick Fancon (R) and challenger Tom Koch (D).
Township officers ran mostly unopposed, with the exception of Grant Township Trustee, where Linda Gilmore (R) won over Karl W. Randall (R). Also proceeding to run unopposed for township offices on the General Election ballot will be:
Freeman Township-Clerk Cindy LaFave (R); Greenwood Township Treasurer-Donald L. Warner (R); Hamilton Township Clerk-Valdine Erskine (R); Redding Township Clerk-Susan L. Brower (R); and Summerfield Township Treasurer-Sherilene Levy (R)
As evidenced in the unofficial results, all the Primary Ballot Proposals across the county were successful, with most passing by substantial margins. The Senior Citizens Services Millage Renewal Proposal and the Clare County Transportation Millage Proposal passed by margins of 3,247 and 1,901 votes, respectively.
While the Farwell Area Schools Sinking Fund Millage Proposal failed in Freeman Township 170-156, overall that millage passed 1,210-1,062.
The remaining successful millage renewals and proposals included the Grant Township Fire Protection Millage Renewal; the Hamilton Township Road Maintenance and Improvement Millage Proposal; the Lincoln Township Fire Department Fire and Rescue Services Millage Request; and the Summerfield Township Road Millage Renewal Proposal.
The one proposal that squeaked by on the Winterfield Township Precinct B ballot was for the McBain Rural Agricultural School Operating Millage Renewal, which tallied 3 Yes votes and 2 No votes. For McBain students, fortunately, that proposal actually passed by a 392-vote margin.
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