By DAVID GREEN
Pick your party and stick with it.
That’s the way it works in the Michigan primary election. You can’t vote for a Republican road commissioner and a Democratic sheriff candidate. When going to the polls next Tuesday, voting must be done either on a Democratic ballot or a Republican ballot.
Voters should bring a driver’s license or other identification card that includes a photograph. If an ID card is not presented, an affidavit form must be signed stating that you do not have an ID with you.
Ballots for voters in Morenci and adjoining townships don’t have a lot of candidates to choose from, with one exception: the office of county sheriff. This race features an unusually high number. Voters will select two candidates among eight to face off in the November general election.
On the Democratic ballot, voters can choose from Morenci police chief Larry Weeks, undersheriff Gail Dotson, community corrections coordinator Al Navarro, county jail corrections officer Thomas Popejoy and probation officer Steven Beaubien.
Those choosing the Republican ballot will select from retired sheriff’s captain Jack Welsh, sheriff’s department lieutenant Cletus Smith and Adrian police officer John Birdwell.
Seneca Township voters will choose between Joy Simmons and Marie Meinke for the treasurer’s post. There are no other contested township races—in neither Seneca or Medina—until the general election.
County-wide, Republicans will choose a county road commissioner candidate from three options—Matt Koester, Douglas Lerch and Donald Isley—and a drain commissioner candidate from Stephen May and Eric Anderson.
County voters will also be asked to approve a six-year renewal of .482 mills to operate the Lenawee County Department on Aging.
Democratic voters will select a candidate for U.S. Congress, choosing between Sharon Renier and Mark Schauer.