Candidates: Several terms expiring in Morenci and Fayette 2013.04.17

Written by David Green.

There's the potential for lots of changes in Morenci and Fayette this fall following the November election. In Morenci, three city council terms expire this year, along with the mayor. In Fayette, four village council seats and four school board positions expire.

MORENCI—City residents interested in seeking a city council position must act fast to get on the ballot. Nominating petitions must be filed at city hall by May 14 in order to appear on the Aug. 6 primary ballot, if needed, and on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

Candidates must be registered voters of the City of Morenci at least one year prior to the election. Petitions must be signed by at least 25 qualified electors of the city.

The city council terms of Tracy Schell, Greg Braun and Robert Jennings expire this year. Jennings has stated that he will not seek another term since he expects to be moving from the area. Council terms are for four years.

The term of mayor Keith Pennington also expires this year. Pennington is seeking the job of city administrator/clerk, but no hiring decision has been made. Council’s Finance and Legal committee announced last week it was extending the application period and listing the job with the Michigan Municipal League. The mayor's post is a two-year term.

Board of education members now serve six-year terms, with elections scheduled in even years. Three board seats will expire at the end of 2014.

FAYETTE—Fayette and Fayette school district residents have until Aug. 7 to file as candidates. Petition packets are available at the Board of Elections office in Wauseon.

The village council terms held by Diane Brubaker, Rodney Kessler, Mat Johnson and Julia Ruger all expire at the end of the year. Council positions are for four-year terms.

School board seats held by Pam Seiler and Deb Leininger expire this year, but two others must also be filled. David Brinegar was appointed to fill a vacant seat and Karen King's replacement—yet to be appointed—would have to seek election to continue serving after the end of the year. King announced that she will leave the board June 28.

Two of the school board seats are for four-year terms, but the two for the appointed positions will expire Dec. 21, 2015.

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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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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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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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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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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