There were no contested races for Morenci voters, but that wasn’t the case in Fayette.
Incumbent mayor Ruth Marlatt turned back a challenge from Craig Rower, 196-119, to win another term in office.
Another incumbent, David Borer, was reëlected to the village council by garnering the most votes, 204, and he will be joined by newcomer David Wheeler who polled 172 votes. Two unsuccessful candidates were Suzette Boesger with 108 votes and Jerry Gonzales with 99.
The contested positions brought out a 45-percent turnout with 324 voters.
Fayette’s school renewal millage found strong support with 464 “yes” votes to 256 “no.”
Superintendent of schools Russell Griggs thanked those who supported the millage and spoke of the importance of the vote to the district.
“In the current economic climate, passage of any levy is a vote of confidence for the district,” he said. “Passage today means the funds generated from this levy will be collected through 2017.”
Griggs said he is proud to work in a district that continues to support the school district during very difficult economic times.
Kirk Keiser, Karen King and Pam Seiler retained their board of education seats.
MORENCI—Morenci mayor Keith Pennington, running unopposed, received 187 votes. Three council candidates filling three empty seats were Jeff Bell with 180 votes, Rebecca Berger with 174 votes and Brenda Spiess with 169.
The Lenawee County proposal to establish a 0.25-mill levy for economic development work was defeated, 6,957-4,125.
OTHER RACES—In Chesterfield Township, Peggy Volkman defeated Lilly Armstrong for fiscal officer, 178-139. Clark Emmons ran unopposed for trustee.
In Franklin Township, Michael Kinsman edged Mark Ballmer for trustee, 121-119. Josh Grime unseated John Winzeler as fiscal officer, 129-106.
In Gorham Township, incumbent Michael Figgins ran unopposed for fiscal officer and incumbent Randy Merillat ran unopposed for trustee.
The Evergreen school district levy for an additional 0.25 mills was defeated, 1,070-996. In Lyons, John Arquette ran unopposed for mayor. John Good and Ty Walker were unopposed for council positions.
A majority of Fulton County voters favored the repeal of Senate Bill 5 that would have restricted collective bargaining, 8,681-6,237.