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Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906
Vol. 110 No. 52 ~ In our 110th year!
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Busy Primary will set up the November election
Frankenmuth City Clerk Phil Kerns and Frankenmuth Township Clerk Luci Valone are preparing for the Tuesday, August 2 primary.
The clerks recently received their ballots from Saginaw County, as the primary will set up the 2016 presidential year election on Tuesday, November 8.
The Frankenmuth City and Township Precincts 1 and 2 will be open 7am until 8pm for the primary.
Starting at the top of the ballot, incumbent Republican John Moolenaar will run unopposed for his 4th District Congress seat.
State Representative Tim Kelly, a Saginaw Township Republican, will look to keep his seat as the 94th state representative when he faces Democratic challenger Kevin C. Seamon.
At the Saginaw County level, four Democrats are vying for the sheriff’s position. Incumbent William L. Federspiel will face off against Robert Karl, Brian D. Booker and Bill Gutzwiller.
Prosecuting Attorney John A. McColgan, Jr. will run unopposed. He is an incumbent Democrat.
For county treasurer, Republican Heather McLeod will meet incumbent Democrat Tim Novak.
For the clerk’s office, Republican Amy R. Carl will face off against two Democrats in Michael J. Hanley and Tammy Bieske.
The register of deeds position will see Republican Karen E. Gerhardt square off against Democrat Katie Albosta Kelly.
For public works commissioner, Republican Richard Riebschleger will meet Democrat incumbent Brian J, Wendling.
Frankenmuth Republican Dennis Krafft is running unopposed for his 8th District seat.
There is only one proposal, which is the Saginaw County Sheriff Services millage. It reads: “Shall the County of Saginaw, Michigan (𠇌ounty”) impose an increase in its levy of general valorem taxes which may be may be imposed for all purposes upon real and personal property in the County, as provided in Article 9, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, as amended, which will result in an increase of up to 1.3394 mills ($1.3394 per $1,000) of taxable valuation of such property as finally equalized, for levy in years 2016 through 2020, both inclusive, which increased levy is estimated to raise up to $6,437,491.25 in the first year, for the purposes of county-wide law enforcement road patrol services and continuing operations of the Saginaw County Sheriff Department and jail facility within Saginaw County?”
Below the question, the ballot has the following for informational purposes only:
“This proposal replaces the Saginaw County Sheriff Services millage, which levied 1.0000 mill from 2011 through 2015, and the Saginaw County Law Enforcement Road Patrol Millage, which levies up to 0.3394 mill and expires in 2016. If the proposal is approved, Saginaw County would not levy the last year of the Road Patrol Millage, resulting in no overall increase in the combined levy of both former millages.”
Finally, the back of the ballot will have voters select delegates to the Saginaw County Convention. No Democratic names are listed in either Precinct 1 or 2. For the Republican Party, Veronica Horn and Amy R. Carl are seeking nomination and in Precinct 2, Karen Louise Martin and William Rummel are listed.
With the ballot release, citizens are encouraged to stop by the city office to pick up their absentee ballot in order to save mailing costs. Kerns advised that state law allows only the voter to pick up his or her ballot and that voters must possess their driver’s license or another approved means of identification.
Applications for absentee ballots for the primary election are available at the city office until 4pm Monday, August 1.
“I’m also strongly encouraging those voters eligible to receive absentee ballots for the November 8, 2016 election to request them now based on projections that the polling place will be very busy in November,” Kerns stated.
The city office will be open on Saturday, July 30, from 8:30am to 2pm to accept absentee voter applications and distribute absentee ballots. On Monday, August 1, applications for absentee ballots will be available until 4pm, however, voters will be required to cast their ballots at the city office.
Voters may request an absentee ballot if they meet one of the following criteria: 1. are 60 years of age or older; 2. expect to be absent from the community in which they are registered the entire time the polls are open on Election Day; 3. are physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another; 4. cannot attend the polls because of tenets of their religion; 5. are a precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct in which they reside and; 6. cannot attend the polls because they are confined in jail awaiting arraignment or trial.