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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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