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County board incumbents do well

November 7, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Overall, incumbents fared well Tuesday in contested races for the newly revamped six-member Marquette County Board.

There were contested races in five of the six districts, which were newly drawn through reapportionment. The board will go from nine to six districts Jan. 1. The term of office is two years.

"(I'm) very happy. It's a very humbling experience and I really appreciate every vote in the district, every one is important to me," Heikkila said. "I'm looking forward to working on the board and doing a lot of work that we have to get done."

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Heikkila said Quayle worked very hard and he congratulated him.

Quayle said his independent candidacy suffered from a great number of voters voting straight ticket.

"That was pretty much my concern going into the election," Quayle said. "There was so much publicity from both parties to vote straight ticket."

Quayle said he "felt kind of bad," looking over returns countywide.

"It doesn't look like change is going to take place anymore in Marquette County," Quayle said. "So we'll just continue dealing with the old guard that we had before."

District 3 covers Precincts 1, 3, 4, and 5 in the city of Marquette and the south portion of Marquette Township. Heikkila lives in Precinct 1. Quayle lives in Precinct 3.

"I'm pleased," Pellow said. "It was harder with the new redistricting. People on the eastern end of Marquette County don't know me as well as they do on the western side of Marquette County. But, I'm pleased. They put me in office again and I'll do a good job for them."

District 5 covers Forsyth, Skandia, Turin, Ewing, Wells, West Branch, Richmond and Tilden townships.

"(I) feel good. I'm real pleased with how the count came out, humbled," Seppanen said. "I feel real honored to go ahead and serve on the county board."

Seppanen said he was on the county board about 10 years ago and has served as the Chocolay Township Supervisor for the past nine years.

"I learned a lot as supervisor as far as the inner workings on the local, local level and plan to bring some of those insights to the county board," Seppanen said. "I think it's going to make me more effective."

Smaby said, "I'm humbled at the amount of support that I got. Congratulations to Mr. Seppanen and I'll be back bigger and stronger in two years."

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.



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