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Surprises in city commission balloting

November 3, 2010
By CHRISTOPHER DIEM Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - One familiar face will be returning for another term on the Marquette City Commission and will be joined by a political novice.

On Tuesday, Marquette city voters elected Johnny DePetro and Jason Schneider to three-year terms on the commission. Out of 7,597 votes cast, DePetro garnered 3,422 votes and Schneider received 2,125 votes. Russell Kangas, a third candidate, fell just short with 2,019 votes.

Schneider, 32, has never held an elected office before. He said he was grateful for the support but incredulous.

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"I'd like to see a recount. I just can't believe people would vote me into an elected office," he said. "But, if they really meant to, thank you. Thank you for your votes and to those who've helped out my campaign, thanks for the support. I hope that I can serve the city well."

DePetro, 65, was first elected in 2005 to fill a vacancy on the commission, then re-elected to his first full term in 2007.

"I'm very excited because I really enjoy working for the people and helping them address issues if they have issues with the city or any other problems," DePetro said. "They know I'm available to help them. That's the part I enjoy, not only helping the taxpayers of Marquette but people from the surrounding communities that address issues with me."

Kangas said he appreciated everyone who voted for him.

Christopher Diem can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. His e-mail address is



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