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County drain Commissioner/ mine inspector candidates decided

Elections

MARQUETTE — Mike Farrell will be the Democratic candidate for Marquette County drain commissioner on the Nov. 3 Ballot.

Farrell won the Democratic primary on Tuesday with 5,540 votes. His sole opponent Paul Altobello received 4,629 votes, 28 write-in votes were also cast.

The drain commissioner serves a four-year term and is responsible under state statute for overseeing all the county’s drains including natural or artificial creek or ditch or a pipeline for carrying storm water and all new drain construction, maintenance of existing drains and the establishment of water management districts, according to the county website.

Steven Bertucci will appear on the Democratic ballot on Nov. 3 for a four year term as Marquette County mine inspector with 3,854 votes. Challengers Allan E. Koski received 3,537 votes followed by John A. Hamel with 3,130 votes.

The mine is responsible for visiting active mines to check for safety violations, checking sand and gravel pits and monitoring fences around caving grounds to ensure proper maintenance , and educating the public about the dangers that may exist in fenced caving grounds.

No Republican candidates for either position were listed on the Marquette County Clerk website as of press time on Tuesday.

Election results remain unofficial until the Marquette County Board of Canvassers verifies them at a 1 p.m. meeting today.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.

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