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Demarest, Scanlon run for Ishpeming mayor

November 1, 2010
By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - With the end of Mayor Gary Nelson's term, Ishpeming residents will also be voting in a new mayor this election.

Running for the position are councilmembers Claudia Demarest and Pat Scanlon.

On the council for two years, Demarest said she hopes to see the city continue to move forward.

"I'm hoping now we are starting to go uphill, we continue to go uphill," she said. "I really do think we're heading in the right direction."

Demarest said she hopes to see the city continue to make positive hiring choices like Department of Public Works Superintendent Jon Kangas and City Manager Jered Ottenwess.

A previous city mayor, Scanlon has been on the council for six years and is a former city fire chief. Scanlon said he also hopes to see the city move forward.

"I think we need to continue to revitalize our area," he said. "Downtowns of any city are not the same as they used to be."

Instead of just focusing on the downtown, however, Scanlon said he wants to focus on development of the city as a whole, continuing what he said is progress in the Country Village, development of the Hematite Heights area and from Kennecott Eagle Minerals moving into the city.

In addition, Scalon said he hopes to see continued cooperation between Ishpeming and Negaunee for the wastewater pipeline project and other endeavors.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her e-mail address is



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