Primary election is Tuesday in Michigan 7.30

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Pick your party and stick with it.

That’s the way it works in the Michigan primary election. You can’t vote for a Republican road commissioner and a Democratic sheriff candidate. When going to the polls next Tuesday, voting must be done either on a Democratic ballot or a Republican ballot.

Voters should bring a driver’s license or other identification card that includes a photograph. If an ID card is not presented, an affidavit form must be signed stating that you do not have an ID with you.

Ballots for voters in Morenci and adjoining townships don’t have a lot of candidates to choose from, with one exception: the office of county sheriff. This race features an unusually high number. Voters will select two candidates among eight to face off in the November general election.

On the Democratic ballot, voters can choose from Morenci police chief Larry Weeks, undersheriff Gail Dotson, community corrections coordinator Al Navarro, county jail corrections officer Thomas Popejoy and probation officer Steven Beaubien.

Those choosing the Republican ballot will select from retired sheriff’s captain Jack Welsh, sheriff’s department lieutenant Cletus Smith and Adrian police officer John Birdwell.

Seneca Township voters will choose between Joy Simmons and Marie Meinke for the treasurer’s post. There are no other contested township races—in neither Seneca or Medina—until the general election.

County-wide, Republicans will choose a county road commissioner candidate from three options—Matt Koester, Douglas Lerch and Donald Isley—and a drain commissioner candidate from Stephen May and Eric Anderson.

County voters will also be asked to approve a six-year renewal of .482 mills to operate the Lenawee County Department on Aging.

Democratic voters will select a candidate for U.S. Congress, choosing between Sharon Renier and Mark Schauer.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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