4 BLP candidates move on to general election

MARQUETTE — Four candidates running for two open seats on the Marquette Board of Light and Power’s Board of Directors are progressing to the November election after Tuesday’s primary.

Seeking re-election, current board Chairman Tom Tourville won the most votes at 1,611 votes; Edward Angeli won 1,121 votes; John Prince, 831 votes; and current board member Dave Carlson received 812 votes.

Those candidates will compete in the nonpartisan election on Nov. 7.

Jorma Lankinen received the fewest votes at 596 votes.

There were eight ballots cast for write-in candidates.

The BLP board has five elected members each serving three-year terms. They are responsible for overseeing the light and power operations of the municipal-owned utility, which serves the city of Marquette and several surrounding townships.

Current board members are Chairman Tourville, Vice Chairman David Puskala, and board members Jerry Irby, Robert Niemi and Carlson. Tourville and Carlson’s terms are expiring this year.

Board members are limited to two consecutive terms.

Vote totals are unofficial, pending a meeting of the Marquette County Board of Canvassers at 1 p.m. today.

Mary Wardell can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. Her email address is mwardell@miningjournal.net.