Morenci favors Obama 11.12.08

Written by David Green.

Voter turnout in Morenci remained low in the recent presidential election, but the city favored a Democratic candidate for what’s believed to be only the fourth time in history.

Fifty-nine percent of Morenci’s registered voters went to the polls last week, slightly better than Medina Township’s 57 percent and less than Seneca Township’s 64 percent. County-wide, 67 percent of eligible voters participated, better than the national 60 percent figure.

Morenci voters favored Barack Obama by a 56-42 percent margin, 519-395. In the townships, Seneca voters supported Obama 289-261 and Medina voters went with John McCain, 294-202. County-wide, Obama won by a 51-46 percent tally.

Congressional Democratic candidate Mark Schauer took a narrow win against incumbent Tim Walberg, but Walberg, a Tipton resident, came out on top in Lenawee County, 49-47 percent. In Morenci, Walberg won 471-405; in Medina Township, 314-160; and in Seneca Township, 307-235.

Dudley Spade was returned to his state house seat with a strong 68-32 percent support county-wide. In Morenci, the margin was 70-30 percent; in Medina, 65-35; and in Seneca, 71-29.

Additional ticket splitting put Jack Welsh (R) into the county sheriff office with a 56-43  percent margin. In Morenci, Welsh defeated Democratic opponent Gail Dotson 62-37 percent; in Medina, 64-35; and in Seneca, 61-38.

Morenci voters favored both of the state proposals on the ballot, and both were approved state-wide. Both measures failed in the townships.

Morenci’s Greg Braun was returned to city council, running unopposed.

The Medina Township road and bridge maintenance millage was easily renewed for another four years, 301-174. The millage brings in about $82,000 annually.

Medina officials ran unopposed: Jim Craig, supervisor; Suzette Burk, clerk; Ruth Ann Mansfield, treasurer; and George Cleghorn and Jack Quigley, trustees.

In Seneca Township, John Gould posted a 325-214 win over Johnathan Klumpp for township supervisor. Marie Meinke survived a write-in campaign for township treasurer with 410 votes. Ninety-nine write-in votes were cast, with Bob Walton filing as a candidate.

Donald Emmons and Chris White were chosen to remain on the board of trustees. The two ran unopposed.

McCain/Palin (R) 395
Obama/Biden (D) 519

U.S. Senator
Jack Hoogendyk (R) 322
Carl Levin (D) 519

U.S. Congress
Tim Walberg (R) 471
Mark Shauer (D) 405

State Rep.
Emma Jenkin (R) 267
Dudley Spade (D) 632

County Sheriff
Jack Welsh (R) 560
Gail Dodson (D) 333

County Road Comm.
Don Isley (R) 464
Dale Schug 282

Medical marijuana
Y: 476 N: 401

Stem Cell proposal
Y: 457 N: 418

Morenci voter turnout: 59%

  • Front.poles
    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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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