6 progress after Marquette City Commission primary

MARQUETTE — The winning candidates in Tuesday’s primary election for the Marquette City Commission are sitting Mayor Pro-Tem Tom Baldini and Commissioner Peter Frazier, and challengers Justin Brugman, Tony Ghiringhelli, Jermey Ottaway and Fred Stonehouse.

Seven candidates ran, vying for three open seats on the city’s nonpartisan governing board.

The top vote-getters will now progress to the Nov. 7 general election.

Baldini received the most votes with 1,929 votes; Stonehouse had 1,626 votes; Frazier had 1,392 votes; Brugman had 604 votes; Ottaway had 562 votes; and Ghiringhelli had 446 votes.

Matthew Luttenberger received the fewest at 351 votes.

There were nine write-in votes.

Three seats are opening up belonging to Baldini and Commissioners Mike Conley and Frazier as their terms expire.

The seven-member commission acts as the legislative branch of city government.

Commissioners serve three-year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

The duties of the commission are to represent the citizens of Marquette, establish policies and approve the budget. The commission also has the power to hire a city manager and city attorney, and to appoint citizens to serve on numerous advisory boards and commissions.

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.