September 17, 2014

Countywide races on the primary ballot

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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ARENAC COUNTY — On Aug. 7, voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballot in the state’s primary election. For the countywide section, voters are looking at contested county races for drain commissioner, register of deeds, and prosecuting attorney on the Democratic side, a contested county sheriff race on the Republican side, and two contested congressional races — for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives — on the Republican side.

Voters can vote in either the Democrat or Republican primary sections, but are not allowed to cross over to the other section. Primary winners not facing additional challengers in the November election effectively win with a victory in the primary, barring write-in candidates.

On the Republican side of the ballot, four people are running for the U.S. Senate nomination: Gary Glenn, Randy Hekman, Pete Hoekstra and Clark Durant. On the Democratic ticket, incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is running unopposed for re-election. She will face the Republican nominee in the November election.

Two other Republicans, Tom Wassa and Jim Slezak, are running for 5th District seat in the federal House of Representatives, which Arenac County was added to due to redistricting this year. On the Democrat side, Daniel Kildee is running unopposed for the same 5th District seat. Kildee will face the Republican nominee in November.

Incumbent Joel Johnson is also running unopposed for the 97th district Michigan House of Representatives Republican primary, while Chris Breznau is running unopposed for the same seat in the Democratic primary. The two will face each other on the November ballot.

For the local county races, the battle between Bob Riley and incumbent Jim Mosciski for the Republican nomination for county sheriff is the only contested race on the Republican side of the ballot, while Gary Foco, also running for sheriff, is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Incumbent Ricky Rockwell is running unopposed in the county clerk primary, as is incumbent treasurer Dennis Stawowy. Neither position has a Democrat listed on the primary, and both men will take their seats, barring write-ins, after Aug. 7.

In the race for Arenac County road commissioner, Olen Swartz is unopposed in the Republican primary, as is Lewis Ostrander in the Democratic primary. Both men will face off in November for the seat.

For the county prosecuting attorney race, two men — Duane Hadley and incumbent Curtis Broughton — are competing against one another for that position on the Democratic primary, with no Republicans running for that position in the other primary section.

Incumbent Larry Davis faces James Hergott in the heated race for Arenac County drain commissioner on the Democratic ticket. There are no Republican challengers for the position listed on the primary ballot, and the race will be decided next week unless a write-in candidate files.

Meanwhile, three people are seeking the register of deeds nomination in the Democratic primary. Tim Campau, Darlene Mikkola, and Joseph Sancimino are all vying to replace retiring Register of Deeds Rose Smith. No Republicans are competing in the primary for that position.

The races for prosecuting attorney, clerk, treasurer, register of deeds, and drain commissioner will all be effectively decided during the primary, barring write-ins in the general election. The winners of the county sheriff and road commissioner primaries will face off in November.

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