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Close race for Alger board

November 3, 2010
By JOHN PEPIN Journal Staff Writer

MUNISING - Alger County Board incumbent Joseph "Pepper" VanLandschoot retained his District 2 seat by a four-vote margin in Tuesday's election.

VanLandschoot, a Democrat from Munising, defeated independent challenger Clint Michelin, who also lives in Munising. The vote total was 360 for VanLandschoot and 356 for Michelin.

The Alger County Board of Canvassers was scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. today to certify the results of the election.

"I'm pleased that the voters elected me for another couple of years and I'm going to try to do the best I can for the people who elected me," VanLandschoot said. "No matter whether I got in or Clint got in, it's going to be tough."

VanLandschoot said unfunded mandates are expected to continue to be a big challenge for county government maintaining core services.

"It's a daunting task and I hope we get some help, because we certainly need it," he said.

In District 5, Democrat Mickey Rondeau of Eben Junction was elected over independent Steve Norman of Chatham and write-in candidate Ed Lindstrom of Rumely.

Rondeau got 496 votes. Norman had 312 and Lindstrom, a Democrat who had served on the board for many years but was defeated in the primary election by Rondeau, had nine votes.

All five county board seats were open. Incumbents Catherine Pullen, Esley Mattson and Jerry Doucette were running unopposed for another two-year term on the board.

In a Burt Township treasurer's race to fill an unexpired term, Republican Rosemary Duranseau won the race with 173 votes over incumbent Democrat Andrew Mitchell, who got 103 votes.

John Hermann of Munising was elected to the Alger County Road Commission Board, running unopposed for a six-year-term. He got 2,711 votes.

Alger County Clerk Mary Ann Froberg said 53.8 percent of the county's 7,219 registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's general election.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His e-mail address is



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