Election results 11.10.2010

Written by David Green.

Morenci and Fulton County voters mirrored county and state choices for the most part in last week’s general election, but there were a few exceptions.


Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer (D) took a slim 261-259 advantage over challenger Tim Walberg (R) in Morenci, but Walberg won throughout the district by a 50-45.4 percent margin.

U.S. Taxpayer’s party candidate Scott Aughney, formerly of Morenci, garnered 13 votes in Morenci and 3,796 overall.

Doug Spade (D) took a 274-267 advantage over Bruce Caswell (R) in Morenci in a bid for state senator, but Caswell won the election by a 64-36 margin. The candidates were close to a tie among all Lenawee County voters.

Nancy Jenkins (R) posted a 57-43 advantage over Harvey Schmidt (D) for state representative, and Jenkins did a little better than that among Morenci voters.

 Robert Hall (R) retained his county commissioner seat by a 63-36 margin against challenger Earl Gilhouse (D). Gilhouse, a former Morenci resident, took 42.5 percent of the Morenci vote.

Township voters strongly supported Cletus Smith (R) in his bid for county commissioner and he won 60-39 against Del Cochrane (D).

Laura Schaedler was elected district court judge, 54-45.6 against John Glaser, although Glaser did a little better in Morenci.

Rick Snyder (R) was elected governor by a 20 percent margin statewide and by 15 percent in Morenci.

The state proposal to call a new constitutional convention failed by a 2-1 margin. The proposal to ban felons from holding certain elected offices passed by a 3-1 margin.

Fulton County

A proposal to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at the Anchor Bay Carry-Out near Harrison Lake passed by a 56-40 tally, but Sunday sales failed by about the same amount.

A tax levy for the Evergreen school district passed 60-39.

In the first state senate district, Steve Buehrer took a 71-26 victory against challenger Erik Cranmer. In the 74th house race, Bruce Goodwin defeated David Pilliod, 62-33.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Latta defeated    Caleb Finkenbiner 68-26, and by about the same margin in Fulton County.

U.S. Senate candidate Rob Portman took a 57-39 win against Lee Fisher, and polled 64 percent in Fulton County.

Fulton County voters favored governor candidate John Kasich by a 53-41 margin over incumbent Ted Strickland, but the race went 49-47 statewide.


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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.
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    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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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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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