November 26, 2014

Countywide races on the November ballot

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com

Posted

ARENAC COUNTY — Several of the races on the Nov. 6 ballot will appear across the county, notably those for probate judge and for county positions, as well as for the local state representative.

Several county races are going uncontested, with the major competition passing in the August primary elections. The races for sheriff and road commission will see people competing for the same position, however, and races at the state and federal level will be decided by Arenac voters as well.

In the federal House of Representatives race for the 5th district, four competitors have come forth for the open seat. Democratic candidate Dan Kildee of Flint, Republican Jim Slezak of Davison Township, Libertarian Gregory Creswell of Detroit, and independent David Davenport of Flint are all vying for the single representative seat, which encompasses a stretch of land from Genessee County through Bay, Arenac, and Iosco counties.

Two people are running for the 97th district seat for the Michigan House of Representatives. Incumbent Rep. Joel Johnson, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Democratic candidate Chris Breznau.

In the race for sheriff, incumbent Jim Mosciski is running as a Republican against his Democratic challenger, Gary Foco.

In the road commissioner race, incumbent Lewis Ostrander, a Democrat, is competing against Republican Olen Swartz for the position.

Democrat Curtis Broughton is running unopposed for prosecuting attorney, having successfully defeated his rival Duane Hadley in the primary race.

Darlene Mikkola, Democrat, is also unopposed in her bid for register of deeds having defeated two opponents in the primary.

Drain Commissioner Larry Davis also won his Democratic primary bid, and is unopposed for reelection.

Republican incumbents Rick Rockwell and Dennis Stawowy are unopposed in their reelection bids for county clerk and treasurer, respectively. Neither had opposition in the primary. Incumbent probate court Judge Richard Vollbach is also running unopposed for reelection.

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