State, local candidates up for vote
LAKE COUNTY — When voters hit the polls on Tuesday, they will be asked to decide on state and local candidates running for office.
The following candidates will appear on the ballot.
Brian Calley, Patrick Colbeck, Jim Hines and Bill Schuette are competing for Governor of Michigan on the Republican ticket, while Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar and Gretchen Whitmer will face off for the Governor seat on the Democratic ticket. Bill Gelineau and John J. Tatar are competing for governor on the Libertarian ticket.
Republicans John James and Sandy Pensler are competing for a six-year term in the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Debbie Stabenow in running uncontested on the Democratic ticket.
Democrats Rob Davidson and Nick Schiller are facing off for a two-year term in the U.S. Congress. Incumbent Bill Huizenga, Republican, is running uncontested.
The State Senator seat in the 35th district is up for grabs for a four-year term because incumbent Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, is term-limited. Ray A. Franz, Bruce R. Rendon, Cary Urka and Curt Vanderwall are competing on the Republican ticket. Democrats Mike Taillard and Cary Urka are facing off. Timothy Coon, Libertarian, is running uncontested.
Candidates for Michigan State Legislature (100th District), incumbent Scott Vansingel, a Republican, and Sandy Clarke, a Democrat, are running uncontested.
Democrat Perry Pieske is running against Clyde Welford for a six-year term as Lake County Road Commissioner. Republican Richard Runnels, of Irons, is running unopposed.
In a contested race for District No. 1 County Commissioner, representing Peacock, Webber and Cherry Valley townships, incumbent John Brunn, a Democrat, is facing Bruce L. Austin and Robert R. Sanders. Dan DuBreuil, a Republican, is uncontested.
Incumbent Katherine Maddox, a Republican, is being challenged by Dawn Martin for District No. 4 County Commissioner representing Dover and Newkirk townships and the village of Luther.
Incumbent Christine Balulis, Republican, is facing off with Steve Steketee for District No. 6 County Commissioner representing Lake and Pleasant Plains townships. Democrat Jessica LaPointe is running uncontested.
Incumbent Howard Lodholtz, a Republican, is running unopposed for District No. 2 County Commissioner representing Chase and Yates townships.
Incumbent Betty Dermyer, a Republican, is running unopposed for District No. 3 County Commissioner for Pinora and Ellsworth townships.
Incumbent Joan Runnels, Republican, is running uncontested for District No. 5 County Commissioner representing Elk, Sauble and Sweetwater townships. Democrat Donald Arquette also is running uncontested for the commissioner seat.
Incumbent Karl D. Walls is running unopposed for District No. 7 County Commissioner representing the Village of Baldwin.
Republican Karen Fickies, an incumbent, is running unopposed for Elk Township clerk.
Democrat Kathryn Young is running unopposed for Webber Township clerk.