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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