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Ishpeming elects Scanlon as mayor

November 3, 2010
By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - Ishpeming voters have chosen Councilman Pat Scanlon to serve as mayor for the next two years.

Scanlon received 1,109 votes in Tuesday's election, beating out Councilwoman Claudia Demarest, who received 632 votes.

Scanlon said while he was surprised with the turnout of several state and local races, he was pleased with the support he received from the community.

"I was happy to see my total. It's the only way we can judge if we do a good job through our term," Scanlon said.

Scanlon also said he was pleased to see the approval of the wastewater bond referendum in Negaunee and hoped that the two cities could continue to work on projects to benefit both communities.

Voters also elected two new council members, replacing current Mayor Gary Neslon, who chose not to run again, and incumbent Councilwoman Pat Bureau.

Winning the two seats were newcomers Elaine Racine, an Ishpeming businesswoman, with 1,190 votes, and Michael Tall, a former city paramedic, with 889 votes.

Racine said she was surprised and pleased with the vote.

"I'm overwhelmed at the support and faith that people have in me," Racine said.

Among her priorities as a new council member are maintaining what she said are essential services, such as police, fire and Department of Public Works. In addition, Racine said she would like to see further enhancement of the city's recreational areas, such as the Lake Bancroft Park.

"Wouldn't it be nice now that the Iron Ore Heritage Trail is adjacent to it, to make it a meeting place," Racine said, adding that enhancing the parks would also serve as a community building tool.

Bureau received 635 votes and John French received 636 votes.

"I'm a little disappointed, but I'm not discouraged," French said. "I'm sure Elaine and Mike will do a great job."

Tall said he was pleased with the election results.

"I'm greatly pleased with them. There's a whole bunch of people that I owe thank yous to," Tall said.

Bureau could not be reached for comment this morning.

Three members were also elected to the city's board of review, an uncontested race. John Healey won 1,243 votes, William Larson 1,136 votes and Harry Weikel 1,110 votes.

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



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