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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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