NEWBERRY - Two key countywide law enforcement related votes showcased the ballot for Luce County voters in Tuesday's general election, with a millage proposal defeated and the incumbent sheriff returned to office.
Sheriff Kevin Erickson, Republican, handily won reelection. Erickson was being challenged for another term by independent James Kitzman. Erickson got 1,507 votes; Kitzman had 913.
Races for other county offices, including treasurer, clerk and prosecuting attorney are uncontested in the general election, though there was competition for those seats during the primary.
A countywide ballot was defeated by a vote of 1,084 yes votes to 1,333 no votes. The proposal was seeking 1.5 mills for three years to fund $10,000 each year to the Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement and to generate money for three additional sheriff's deputies to provide full-time, countywide patrol and the assistance of the SANE team.
The levy would be have been collected for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 and would be expected to generate about $276,397 during the first year of collection.
The Tahquamenon Area Schools Board had three candidates running for two open seats on the panel. Incumbent Christopher Beaulieu won reelection, along with challenger Samantha Oswald. Mikal M. Staley was also running for a seat. Beaulieu got 1,507 votes; Oswald, 1,522; and Staley, 714.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.