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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
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