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Issues and races on the ballot Tuesday

School board races contested in Alger

May 3, 2009
By JOHN PEPIN Journal Munising Bureau

MUNISING - Voters in Alger County will decide contested school board races and a few local ballot issues in Tuesday's election.

In the Munising Schools District, there are a regular 4-year term and a partial term open on the school board. In the full-term race, incumbent Shaun R. Hughes will run against challenger Kris Petosky.

No candidates registered to run for the partial term ending in 2011. But Melissa Nelson is running as a write-in candidate for the seat.

In Grand Marais, there are three candidates running for a regular 4-year term on the school board. Incumbent Scott A. Chamberlin is facing challengers Megan Desmond and Robert Harbaum.

There are school millage operating proposals in the AuTrain-Onota, Burt Township and Superior Central school districts to allow those districts to levy the full 18 mills allowed under state law.

The AuTrain-Onota proposal is for the current year only. Burt Township and Superior Central are for eight years through 2016.

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Munising Township officials are seeking two mills for five years for upgrading and maintaining streets and roads within the township. The levy would be expected to generate about $120,000 during the first year.

Mathias Township has a similar proposal, hoping to recapture funding lost by reductions under state law. The money raised would be used for general operating expenses and would generate an anticipated $3,230 during the first year. The proposal does not indicate how many years the millage is being requested for.

There are also uncontested races on the ballot in Alger County for county commissioner in District 2, which includes parts of the city of Munising and Munising Township; in Munising for mayor and two seats on the city commission and in the AuTrain-Onota School District for three school board seats.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday.



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