NEGAUNEE - Michael Haines has been elected mayor of Negaunee.
Haines beat out fellow councilman Peter Dompierre for the position, winning with 776 votes over Dompierre's 600.
"I'd like to thank all the people who came out to vote," Haines said. "We're looking forward to moving forward in Negaunee."
Haines said his priorities as mayor would be work on the wastewater transmission line to the Ishpeming Area Joint Wastewater Treatment Authority, hiring a new city manager, work on the city's fiscal policy and development of the city. Haines said he also hoped to improve the city's tax base by making it more business-friendly.
Dompierre, who has previously served as the city's mayor, said while he congratulated Haines on his victory, he still had concerns on the direction the council is taking.
"I'm very concerned that we appear to be moving backwards," Dompierre said, adding he disagreed with using city savings to balance the budget and the lack of investment in city infrastructure. "I"m going to still be there. I'm honored to still represent the citizens of Negaunee."
The election also saw the reelection of Councilman Richard Wills and new council member Dawn Schuhknecht. Wills received 986 votes and Schuhknecht 895.
"I'm really happy. I really hope we can make some positive changes that will move Negaunee forward," Schuhknecht said. "We need to think outside the box on things to bring more revenues to Negaunee."
Wills could not be reached for a comment before press time.
Write-in candidate Keith LaCosse received 82 votes.
Two members were also elected to the Negaunee Board of Review in uncontested races. Joel Jarvi received 1,112 votes and Mark Rogers got 1,073 votes.
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