Fayette candidates set for fall election 2011.08.17

Written by David Green.

Fayette voters will have some choices to make in the November election in both the mayor and council positions.

Incumbent mayor Ruth Marlatt faces a challenge from Craig Rower, a former council member who previously served as interim mayor.

Voters will choose two council members among incumbent David Borer, former council member Jerry Gonzalez and two new-comers, Suzette Boesger and David Wheeler.

In the school board election, incumbents Karen King, Kirk Keiser and Pam Seiler are all seeking another term. Seiler was appointed to fill a vacancy.

School district voters will be asked to approve renewal of a five-year, seven-mill operating levy.

In Lyons, John Arquette is unchallenged for mayor. John Good and Ty Walker face no challenges for council members.

Chesterfield Township voters will have no choice to make for trustee, with only Clark Emmons seeking another term, but Peggy Volkman and Lily Armstrong are vying for the position of fiscal officer.

Randy Merillat and Mike Figgins are running unopposed in Gorham Township. William Smith and Joe Damman are unopposed in Royalton Township.

In Franklin Township, Mark Ballmer will be challenged by Mike Kinsman, and John Winzeler will face opposition from Josh Grime.

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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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    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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