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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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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