Elections

Polls open Tuesday for various races

MARQUETTE — The polls will be open in Marquette County Tuesday for the election to decide a multitude of offices, including the seat for the 109th District in the Michigan House of Representatives. Poll hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vying for the 109th District seat, vacated by the late John ...

Candidates face off for 3 spots on Negaunee City Council

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer NEGAUNEE — Seven candidates are vying for one partial-term and two full-term seats on the nonpartisan Negaunee City Council in the Nov. 7 general election. Three candidates — Paul Maino, Gary Sjolund and Toby Smith — will square off to fill the ...

BLP race to elect 2 members

MARQUETTE — Four nonpartisan candidates are running for two open seats on the Marquette Board of Light and Power’s Board of Directors, two of whom are seeking re-election and all of whom have prior experience on the board. The two highest vote-getters in Tuesday’s election will join the ...

New millage to address road issues in Chocolay Township

MARQUETTE — The condition of roads seems to be a common problem in the Upper Peninsula these days — and Chocolay Township is no different. Township officials on Tuesday will turn to residents for approval of a millage that will provide funds to pave 2 to 3 miles of roadway annually. The ...

3 seats open for Marquette commission

MARQUETTE — Two incumbents and four newcomers are vying for three open seats on the Marquette City Commission in Tuesday’s election. The top three vote-getters will join four sitting members on the commission. The terms of Mayor Pro-Tem Tom Baldini and Commissioners Mike Conley and Peter ...

Marquette County Nov. 7 ballot includes several millage proposals

MARQUETTE — Many millage proposals will be on the Nov. 7 ballot. - Chocolay Township road improvement millage proposal: Levy a new millage of up to 1.7 mills on real and personal property in the township for up to 15 years from 2017 to 2031. The full text of the ballot proposal may be ...

Two vie for Munising council seat

Johanna Bogater List a few details of your background you think voters would want to know. (75 words) A Michigan native from downstate, I moved to Alger County three years ago, drawn by its beauty, uniqueness, and solitude, with my husband and two young daughters. I have gotten to know ...

2 proposals in Alger County

MARQUETTE — There will be two millage proposals for the city of Munising on the Nov. 7 ballot, with one of the millages applying to multiple municipalities in Alger County. The millage specific to Munising voters is a proposal seeking to restore a portion of the city’s original 20-mill ...

Three on ballot for 109th District seat

MARQUETTE — Sara Cambensy, Wade Roberts and Rich Rossway are the candidates for the 109th Michigan House of Representatives seat vacated by the late Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette. The winner of the Nov. 7 special election will serve the remainder of Kivela’s term, which expires at the end ...

Cambensy victorious in close contest

MARQUETTE — Sara Cambensy is the Democratic contender for the 109th District of the Michigan House of Representatives after getting the most votes in a close special primary election Tuesday. “It’s a very humbling feeling to know that I was the top vote-getter, and that I get the chance ...

Flint OKs plan to update city’s 43-year-old charter

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint voters have approved updating the city’s 43-year-old charter with changes including stronger ethics standards and a requirement to create a water bill assistance plan. The Flint Journal reports preliminary results showed the proposed charter was approved, with ...

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 ...

Marquette County voters OK millage renewals

MARQUETTE — Various millage renewals for Marquette County passed across the board during Tuesday’s election. Ely Township had two proposals on the ballot. The proposal seeking a millage renewal and increase from 1.9701 mills to 2 mills for 2018-22 for general operating purposes passed ...

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 ...

Alger County voters support majority of proposals

MUNISING — Munising voters during Tuesday’s primary election rejected regulations aimed at prohibiting tobacco use at outdoor city-owned or leased property. The proposal failed by a vote of 133 to 107. Voter turnout in Alger County was about 16.5 percent, with 1,183 of the 7,180 ...

Voters to decide $4.2M library bond

MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library will ask voters Tuesday whether to approve a $4.2 million bond for capital improvements, most significantly to repair a structural crack that runs from the original building’s foundation through the facade and roof. The millage of about .48 mill ...

Voters to choose city commission candidates

MARQUETTE — Seven candidates are vying for three open seats on the Marquette City Commission, and soon the field will be narrowed to six. The top six vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary election will progress to the general election Nov. 7. Three seats are opening up, belonging to Mayor Pro ...

Fire millage: Ishpeming seeks voter approval to upgrade aging firetruck

ISHPEMING — The City of Ishpeming will ask voters for permission to replace the 22-year-old pumper firetruck in its fleet with a new ladder firetruck on Tuesday. The city is seeking a fire equipment millage not to exceed .90 mill to purchase the truck using general obligation unlimited ...

Alger County voters to consider ordinance, millages

MUNISING — An ordinance to prohibit tobacco use at outdoor city-owned or leased property is on the Aug. 8 primary ballot for Munising voters, while several millage proposals are also on the ballot for other Alger County electors. Munising city officials said the proposal was the result of ...

BLP primary to narrow field

MARQUETTE — Five nonpartisan candidates are running for two open seats on the Marquette Board of Light and Power’s Board of Directors. The four highest vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary will progress to the Nov. 7 election. The BLP board has five elected members each serving three-year ...