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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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