November election results 2011.11.16

Written by David Green.

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.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    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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    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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