What’s on the Lake County ballot?

A list of local, regional candidates and millages voters in Lake County will be deciding Nov. 8

Voters in Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties will have the opportunity to make their voices heard in several elections in 2022.

Voters in Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties will have the opportunity to make their voices heard in several elections in 2022.

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LAKE COUNTY — With November elections right around the corner, Lake County residents will have plenty to decided. Here is a list of candidates and millage proposals/renewals you may find on your ballot.

(Note: Information came from the Lake County clerk's office and michigan.gov/vote.)

STATEWIDE RACES

In addition to governor, attorney general, secretary of state, judges and university school board members, Lake County residents will vote on representatives in their newly drawn districts. Using data from the 2020 Census, new districts were drawn for congressional representative, state representative and state senators.

For congressional representative, Lake County now falls in District 2, which covers all of West Central Michigan, including Mecosta, Osceola and Newaygo counties. Running is Republican John Moolenaar, Democrat Jerry Hilliard and Libertarian Nathan Hewer.

For state representative, Lake County is split between the 100th District and the 101st District.

Running for a two-year term in District 100, which covers Chase, Pinora, Ellsworth and Dover townships, is Democrat Nate Bailey and Republican Tom Kunse. The rest of Lake County is in District 100, which will have Democrat Amanda Siggins and Republican Joseph D. Fox facing off for a two-year term.

Lake County also is split for state senate, with Chase, Pinora, Ellsworth, Dover, Yates and Cherry Valley townships falling in the 34th District and the rest of the county in the 33rd District.

Democrat Mark Bignell, Republican Rick Outman and Libertarian Jay Gillote are running for a four-year term in District 33, while Democrat Christine Gerace, Republican Roger Hauck and U.S. Taxpayer candidate Becky McDonald are running for a four-year term in District 34.

COUNTYWIDE RACES

Many of Lake County’s commissioner races are uncontested.

For road commissioner, Republican Gary Truxton will be the only candidate on the ballot.

Of the seven county commissioner seats, five Districts have candidates who are running unopposed. Here are the candidates:

  • District 1: REP Robert R. Sanders (Cherry Valley, Peacock and part of Webber township)
  • District 2: REP Howard Lodholtz (Yates Township and part of Chase township)
  • District 3: DEM Kelly Weaver and REP Kristine Raymond (Pinora Township, and parts of Chase and Ellsworth townships)
  • District 4: REP Dawn M. Martin (Dover, Eden, Newkirk and part of Ellsworth township)
  • District 5: DEM Donald Arquette (Elk, Sauble and Sweetwater townships)
  • District 6: REP Christine Balulis (Lake Township)
  • District 7: DEM Clyde Welford and REP Len Todd (Part of Webber Township)

Two millage renewal proposals will be on the ballot for all precincts: one for emergency telephone service (911 service) and the other for Lake County senior citizens.

The Emergency Telephone Service (911 Service) Millage Renewal Proposal reads:

For the purposes of continuing funding of the comprehensive county-wide 911 Emergency Telephone and Dispatch Service, shall the previously voter authorized increase of the constitutional limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution upon the total amount of taxes which may be assessed in one (1) year upon all taxable property within the County of Lake, Michigan, that has been reduced by the Headlee Amendment to 1.6994, be renewed in an amount not to exceed 1.6994 mills ($1.6994 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) and the County authorized to levy this millage for a period of six (6) years (2023-2028) inclusive? 

(If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $1,170,550 for the county-wide 911 Emergency Telephone and Dispatch Service in the first calendar year of the levy based on taxable value.  In accordance with State law, a portion of the revenue collected may be disbursed to the Village of Baldwin Downtown Development Authority).

The County of Lake Senior Citizens Renewal Millage Proposal reads:

For purpose of reauthorizing funding for providing services to the senior citizens of Lake County through the Lake County Council on Aging, shall the previously voter authorized increase of the constitutional limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution upon the total amount of taxes which may be assessed in one (1) year upon all taxable property within the County of Lake, Michigan, that expired in 2021, and that has been reduced by the Headlee Amendment to .6387, be renewed in an amount not to exceed .6387 mills ($.6387 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) and the County authorized to levy this millage for a period of five (5) years (2022-2026) inclusive? 

(If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $426,742 for County senior citizen services in the first calendar year of the levy based on taxable value.  In accordance with State law, a portion of the revenue collected may be disbursed to the Village of Baldwin Downtown Development Authority).

BALDWIN

Up for election in Baldwin is village president and village trustee. For village president, incumbent James Truxton is the only candidate on the ballot. For village trustee, voters may vote up to four candidates, however, only two are on the ballot: Timothy Jannereth and Clarence Vicent.

LUTHER

The village of Luther also will be voting for a president and trustees. For village president, Dennis Karczynski and Andrew Treiber will be running against each other. For village trustee, James Bacon, Jr., Brandon Voyles and Linda K. Wellman will be running for three seats.

CHERRY VALLEY TOWNSHIP

Sherri Grimm is the only candidate on the ballot running for township clerk, a partial term ending Nov. 20, 2024.

DOVER TOWNSHIP

Two candidates are running for township clerk, a partial term ending Nov. 20, 2024: Courtney Houseman and Jon Smith.

ELLSWORTH TOWNSHIP

On the ballot for Ellsworth Township is township clerk and township trustee. Brittany Carlson is the only candidate on the ballot for township clerk, a partial term ending Nov. 20, 2026.

No candidates are listed on the ballot for township trustee.

PEACOCK TOWNSHIP

Residents of Peacock Township will vote for a township supervisor and a township clerk, both uncontested. Kevin A. Walker is the lone candidate for township supervisor, a partial term ending Nov. 20, 2024. Likewise, Shirley Blackler is the only candidate on the ballot for township clerk, a partial term ending Nov. 20, 2026.

SAUBLE TOWNSHIP

Residents of Sauble Township will vote for a township treasurer and a township trustee, both uncontested. Beth Acker is the lone candidate for township treasurer, a partial term ending Nov. 20, 2024. Likewise, Linda Snow is the only candidate on the ballot for township trustee, a partial term ending Nov. 20, 2026.

SWEETWATER TOWNSHIP

Sweetwater Township has a township clerk position open for a partial term ending Nov. 20, 2026. No candidates are listed on the ballot, however, Tammie Bonzheim is running as a write-in.

WEBBER TOWNSHIP

Residents of Webber Township will be voting on a township trustee, a partial term ending Nov. 20, 2026. Kelly McCune is the only candidate listed on the ballot.

Webber Township will also vote on a fire protection special assessment proposal. It reads: Shall Webber Township have the authority to raise money by special assessment for Township-wide fire protection pursuant to Public Act 33 of 1951, as amended.

More: Webber Township voters to decide on fire protection assessment

SCHOOL BOARDS

All area school districts have candidates running for their respective school boards. Here are the candidates:

Reed City Area Public School: Four-year term, vote for not more than 3

  • Heidie Decker-Thomas
  • Jamie Eichenberg
  • Christine Mund
  • Melissa Emmorey (write in)
  • David Williams (write in)

More: Meet the candidates running for Reed City school board

Pine River Area Schools: Six-year term, vote for not more than 2

  • Kevin Delancey
  • Michael Kelso

Baldwin Community Schools: Four-year term, vote for not more than 3

  • Joseph W. Brooks Jr.
  • Mary Ann Pieske
  • Shawn Ware

Baldwin Community Schools: Partial term ending 11/30/2024, vote for not more than 1

  • Katena Abraham

In addition, Baldwin Community Schools has a bonding proposal on the ballot. It reads:

Shall Baldwin Community Schools, Lake and Newaygo Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Fifty-Four Million Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($54,400,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, for the purpose of: erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to the junior/senior high school building; remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school buildings; acquiring, installing, equipping and re-equipping school buildings for instructional technology; erecting an athletic support building; and preparing, developing, improving and equipping a playground, athletic facilities, athletic fields, and sites?

More: Baldwin schools place bond proposal on Nov. 8 ballot

Kaleva Norman-Dickson School District: Four-year term, vote for not more than 4

  • Jenna Mahoney
  • Karen McIntire
  • Eric Schmidt
  • Jessica Ward
  • Megan Zupin

Mason County Central Schools: Four-year term, vote for not more than 4

  • Steven A. Griswold
  • Gena Nelson
  • Barry Pleiness

Mason County Central Schools: Partial term ending Dec. 31, 2024, vote for not more than 1

  • Oscar Davila

Mason County Eastern Schools: Four-year term, vote for not more than 3

  • Tanya Hawke
  • Curtis A. Stewart

Mason County Eastern Schools: Partial term ending Dec. 31, 2024, vote for not more than 1

  • No candidates on the ballot

Cadillac Area Public Schools: Six-year term, vote for not more than 2

  • Eric Baker
  • Elizabeth Rzepka-Alto