November ballot set in Fulton County 8.29

Written by David Green.

Fayette village and school district votes will have a choice to make in the Nov. 6 general election.

Three candidates filed to serve as village council members, with only two positions expiring.

Incumbents Mike Maginn and Ruth Marlatt will be joined on the ballot by Eugene Rosinski.

Mayor Anita VanZile will not face a challenger in her bid for another term in office.

Four candidates are running for three positions on the Gorham Fayette Board of Education.

Kelly Bentley chose not to seek another term, but incumbents Terry Kovar and David Brinegar will appear on the ballot. Kirk Keiser and Karen Joy King are also seeking a term on the board.

Fred Stockburger needs voter approval to continue his appointed position. He was named to the board following the resignation of Kim Winzeler, whose term will expire Dec. 31, 2009. Debra Leininger will challenge Stockburger for the post.

Area races

The only other contested races across northern Fulton County are in Royalton Township and the village of Lyons.

Brad Peebles will challenge incumbent Bill Smith for a term as Royalton Township trustee. Joe Damman will seek another term as township fiscal officer.

In Lyons, incumbents John Good and Joan Klier are seeking another term on council, along with challenger Delbert Neill. Mary Vroman is unopposed in her quest for another term as mayor.

In Gorham Township, Randy Merillat (trustee) and Mike Figgins (fiscal officer) are unchallenged.

In Franklin Township, Mark Ballmer (trustee) and John Winzeler (fiscal officer) are unchallenged.

In Chesterfield Township, Jerry Bates (trustee) and Tina Jones (fiscal officer) are unchallenged.

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