Morenci police chief Larry Weeks was hoping for strong support from Morenci voters to help him win the primary election in his bid to become the Lenawee County Sheriff.
He received the vast majority of votes cast on the Democratic ballot, but there just weren’t enough votes cast from Morenci residents to make the difference.
Only 250 of about 1,400 registered voters went to the polls, and in the overall county vote, Weeks fell about 700 votes short of the winner, Gail Dotson. Dotson will face Jack Welsh in the November general election.
In the Michigan primary election, voters must choose either a Republican or Democratic ballot.
Morenci voters made their choices on only three contested races on the Republican ballot.
• Sheriff: Jack Welsh, 34; Cletus Smith, 32; John Birdwell, 3.
• Road commissioner: Donald Isley, 49; Matt Koester, 13; Douglas Lerch, 7.
• Drain commissioner: Stephen May, 46; Eric Anderson, 22.
There were only two contested races on the Democratic ballot.
• Sheriff: Larry Weeks, 135; Al Navarro, 16; Gail Dotson, 10; Steve Beaubien, 8; Thomas Popejoy, 2.
• U.S. Congress: Mark Schauer, 71; Sharon Renier, 67.
In county-wide voting, Welsh took a narrow victory over Smith in the sheriff race: Jack Welsh, 2,848; Cletus B. Smith, 2,722; John Birdwell, 733.
On the Democratic ticket, Dotson won by a large measure, but the next three candidates all finished with similar tallies: Gail Dotson, 1,507; Adolio Navarro, Jr. 858; Larry Weeks, 794; Steve Beaubien, 714; Thomas Popejoy, Jr., 87.
Isley won the primary vote for road commission, 2,958, over nearest opponent Koester, 1,804.
May won the drain commissioner vote, 3,660 to Anderson’s 2,100.
All Medina Township offices were uncontested.
On the Democratic ticket, Schauer defeated Renier, 1,917 to 1,662 in the county and 17,268 to 9,034 in the congressional district.
Marie Meinke defeated Joy Simmons 26 to 21 in the Seneca Township treasurer vote.
A Seneca Township road and bridge levy was renewed by a vote of 109 to 32.
A six-year renewal of the county senior citizen levy for the Lenawee County Department on Aging was approved 7,408 to 2.004.