Fulton County election results 2012.03.14

Written by David Green.

Rick Santorum was the favorite among Fulton County’s Republican voters March 6 as he soundly defeated Mitt Romney in the quest for at-large delegates.

Santorum earned 3,542 votes in Fulton County and Romney followed with 1,937. Ron Paul garnered 1,051 votes and Newt Gingrich got 961. Statewide, Romney beat Santorum by one percent.

In a big upset, Bill Rufenacht unseated incumbent county commissioner Dean Gentner by a 4,166 to 2,921 margin. Rufenacht will run as the GOP candidate in November.

In other Fulton County races, Roy Miller defeated Rick Sluder for Fulton County Sheriff. Incumbent Scott Haselman defeated Stacey Burns as Fulton County Prosecuting Attorney, and incumbent Paul MacDonald was elected Fulton County Clerk of Courts, defeating Abigail Bieber.

Voters across Fulton County voted in favor of a renewal of a two-mill five-year property tax levy for the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The levy raises about $1.6 million per year for operations of the board.

Voters in the seven-county area covered by the Four County Career Center approved a 0.2-mill property tax levy for permanent improvements. The levy failed in November.

A new five-year 0.5 percent income tax was narrowly approved by Evergreen voters. The levy is expected to generate $833,739 annually for five years, and will avoid having to make deep cuts in the school district.

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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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