TAWAS CITY – Candidates for the Nov. 3 general election have filed and ballots for that election have been printed.
In many cases absentee ballots have been mailed to voters for early primary voting in the state.
The filings include everything from U.S. Senator, U.S. Congress, county prosecutor, supervisors, clerks, trustees, school boards, as well as state and federal races, . Although many have filed for the race, there are many races where the individual runs unopposed to their respective races
The following information is what will appear on your paper ballot depending on your precinct, though potential write-in candidates could file to be in the races. That deadline for the election is Oct. 23 by 4 p.m. with the Iosco County Clerk’s office. According to staff, only one write-in candidate has officially filed.
On the ticket for the November election is the race for U.S. Senator in Michigan, a seat that will be up in six years. On the ballot is incumbent Democrat Rep Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township. Republican John James of Livonia is on the ticket, as well as Green Party candidate Marcia Squier of Sterling Heights. Also on the ticket is Natural Law Party candidate Doug Dem of Highland and for the U.S. Taxpayer’s Party of Michigan candidate is Valerie Willis of Gaylord.
In the race for a representative for the 5th Congressional District, inclement 5th District Democrat Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint is on the ticket. Representing the Republican party is Tim Kelly of Saginaw. Running for the Libertarian Party is James Harris of Fenton and finally for the Working Class Party is Dearborn resident Kathy Goodwin.
In the race for the 106th District state representative, incumbent Republican Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine is on the ticket. Running against Allor is Democrat and East Tawas resident LeeAnn Johnson.
East Tawas resident Sgt. Scott Frank, the Iosco County Jail administrator, is on the Republican ticket for sheriff. Running against him is Aaron Wills of East Tawas, who is running with no party affiliation (NPA). Those names will appear on the ballot, but there is also Daryl Johnson of Hale, running as a write-in candidate on the ticket. Johnson originally ran against Frank in the Republican primary in August, but lost.
In other so far uncontested races, Commission Chairman Robert Huebel of Oscoda (1st District), a Republican, will be on the ticket. 2nd District Commissioner Terry Dutcher is also on the ticket.
All other commissioners, including Commissioner Charles Finley, 3rd District, Hale; Commissioner John Moehrin, 4th District, East Tawas; and Commissioner Donald Jay O’Farrell, 5th District, Whittemore, are so far uncontested and on the November ballot.
There are other county seats where candidates are running uncontested. Those races include that of Republican County Clerk Nancy Huebel, Republican Register of Deeds Ericka Earl and Democrat Drain Commissioner Fred Strauer. All the aforementioned candidates are from Tawas City.
Other county races include those for treasurer and prosecutor, where incumbents are not running. In the treasurer election Deputy Treasurer Cathy Anderson, a Tawas City Republican, is running for the seat.
Prosecutor James Bacarella, a Republican from East Tawas, is running.
There are 11 township supervisors on Iosco County ballots, and thus far there are two contested races.
One race is for Oscoda Township Supervisor. Democrat Robert Tasior, is on the ticket and challenging him is Oscoda resident Ann Richards, who filed with NPA for the spot.
In Plainfield Township, incumbent Supervisor Fred Lewis is in a runoff against Joseph Grimaudo III, who is running with NPA.
Unopposed on the ballot so far for Alabaster Township is Stephanie Wentworth, a Republican; Burleigh Township, Todd Torrey, Republican; Reno Township, Jeffrey Jakubik, Republican; Sherman Township, Daniel Jordan, Democrat; Tawas Township, Paul Westcott, Republican; Wilber Township, Mark Nunn, Republican; and Republican Christopher J. Martin for Baldwin Township
In the 11 races for township clerk in Iosco County, all but one are unopposed incumbent races. That race is for Oscoda Township clerk. Republican and township resident Joshua Sutton filed for the position. Oscoda resident Laurie Salvall is running under NPA.
Incumbents who have filed and will be on the ballot include Alabaster Township Clerk Jasmine Tubbs, a Democrat; AuSable Township, Kelly Graham, Republican; Baldwin Township, Cathy Pittsley, Republican; Burleigh Township, Stacy McClure, Democrat; Grant Township, Alysha Burgess, Democrat; Plainfield Township, Sue Reilly, Republican; Reno Township, Cheryl Hottois, Republican; Sherman Township, Angela Jordan, Republican; Tawas Township, Melissa Stewart, Republican and Wilber Township, Robert D. White, Democrat.
There is only one contested race on the November ballot for township treasurer. That is in Oscoda Township where Republican Treasurer Jaimie McGuire, an incumbent, is on the ticket. Running against her is Mimi McDonald, who filed with NPA.
The remaining 10 election races for treasurer in the townships are incumbents running for their seats and include Alabaster Township Treasurer Lorriane S Paskiewicz, a Republican; AuSable Township, Mary Jo Samotis, Democrat; Baldwin Township, Patricia Spriggs, Republican; Burleigh Township, Sharren Engle, Democrat; Grant Township, Velda Jennett, Democrat; Plainfield Township, Roma Bassi, Republican; Reno Township, Michael Boensch, Republican; Samantha Strauer, Sherman Township, Democrat; Tawas Township, Sheri Williams, Republican and Wilber Township, Steve Ferguson, Democrat.
Vying for four seats in Oscoda Township are Republican incumbents Timothy Cummings and William Palmer. Newcomers on the ticket include Republicans Jeremy Spencer and Steven Wusterbarth. Democrat Rozanne Ursula Curley is on the ticket. Running with NPA are Oscoda residents Merry Loyer, Hannah Mikazes, John Miner and Alan Richard Strickland.
In Alabaster Township, incumbent Trustee Joseph Czaika and newcomer Janet Reitz, both of Tawas City, are running on the Republican ticket for two seats.
In AuSable Township incumbent Trustees Alanda Barnes, Ronald Janis and Yvette Ramsdell are all running on the Democratic ticket, vying for four seats.
In Burleigh Township incumbents Lynn Danniels and Matthew Jordan, both Republican, are running for trustee seats
In Baldwin Township Dave Hoin, an incumbent Republican, is running for one of two seats. Also running is Republican Incumbent Clifford C. Miller.
In Grant Township, vying for two seats, is incumbent Linda Hayes, a Democrat. Also running as a Democrat is Jordan Emry.
In Plainfield Township, vying for two seats, are Republican incumbents Dianne Allen and Roger Houthoofd.
Reno Township has Republican incumbent George Coiner vying for one of two seats on the board. Newcomer Lawrence Everitt, a Democrat, is also on the ticket.
Sherman Township has two Democratic incumbents vying for two seats on the board. They include Trustees Brandon Lichota and Jeff Petri.
Tawas Township also has two incumbents vying for two seats on the board, including Democrat Trustee Timothy Dean Haskin and Republican Trustee Colleen Sheffer.
Wilber Township has three vying for two seats on the board, including incumbent Republican Trustee Mary Ann Pingot. Newcomer Cheri Mioduch, a Republican, is vying for the seat. Running with NPA is Karol Shellenbarger.
City major and city
In the City of Whittemore, incumbent Mayor Pauline Ferns is running for a two-year mayor term. Running against her is Bob Leslie of Whittemore. Both are running with no party affiliation. Also running are Erin Farrand, David Hill and Michael Neibert for council seats.
Also running on the ballot, unopposed, for city clerk is Carol K. Long. Running for treasurer is Christina McElroy. The aforementioned candidates are running with NPA.
In the City of Tawas City incumbent Mayor Ken Cook is running unopposed. Also in Tawas City, Councilmen Brain McMurry and Jon Studley, both incumbents, are both running unopposed with NPA.
In the City of East Tawas, Mayor Bruce Bolen is running unopposed. Council members Lisa Bolen, David Leslie and Michael Mooney, all incumbents, are running unopposed with NPA.
School board races
There are two contested races for school board so far, one with Tawas Area Schools and a Second with Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools.
In Tawas, incumbent board members Julie Ulman and Ami Edmonds are on the ticket. Newcomers Tracee Behnke-Lentz, Michael Butzin, Karen Hayes, Christina Ott and Hanna Cadorette-Wrathell are on the ticket.
There are four seats that need to be filled on the board for four year terms.
In Whittemore there are three running for the school board to fill two seats for a six-year term. Those individuals include Lynn Mervyn, Dennis Parent and Karen Tracy.
Individuals can register to vote in Michigan online, through the mail or at your clerk’s office. Deadline for online and mail registration is Oct. 19, but you can still register in person at your respective clerk’s office on election day, Nov. 3.
The absentee ballot request deadline is Oct. 30, and ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 or returned to the polling place by Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.
A wealth of information about voting in Michigan can be found at the state’s Michigan Voter Information Center at their website, mvic.sos.state.mi.us.