Get Ready To Cast Those Important Votes On Election Day Tuesday
Don’t forget to get out and vote next Tuesday, Nov. 3 as election day has some important local races under way.
Three, two-year seats are open on the Douglas City Council and six candidates are vying for those slots.
Incumbents running include Martha Hoexter and Greg Harvath. Lisa Greenwood, a former council member, has once again thrown her hat into the ring as well.
Rounding out the race are newcomers Jim Petzing, John Kelly and Kathryn Mooradian.
Voters can also expect to see another candidate’s name on the ballot - Jonathan Kinyon - but he has withdrawn his name though not in time to have his name stricken from the ballot.
There will be no surpises in in the election for Saugatuck City Council as incumbents Jeff Spangler, Bill Hess and Chris Peterson are running unopposed for new two-year terms.
In one of the state’s more interesting election developments, a special primary race was called for Republican candidates for state representative in the 80th District - which includes the Saugatuck area.
Those GOP candidates include:
* Mary Whiteford of Casco Township
* Jim Storey, Allegan County Commissioner of Holland
* Eric DeWitt of Holland
* Bill Sage, former county commissioner, who resides in Allegan
* James Siver of Fennville
* Kevin Travis, a county circuit court law clerk, who hails from Hopkins
* Cindy Gamrat, of Plainwell.
As many know, Gamrat was booted from the state legislature after an investigation revealed she had an affair with then-fellow Republican Legislator Todd Courser of Lapeer.
Courser resigned his seat only a short time before his legislative colleagues were to vote on his expulsion.
Courser, like Gamrat, almost immediately decided to make another run for vacant state House seats. Courser is running again for the 82nd District.
The only Democrat to seek the 80th District seat formerly held by Gamrat is David Gernant, a retired judge who resides in Plainwell.
The winner of the Republican House seat election for the 80th District will face Gernant in an upcoming election.
In another area election of interest, voters in Laketown Township will determine whether a 5-year, 1-mill property tax increase will be imposed.
If passed, the tax increase would go to help provide funds for fire department operations and new equipment.
Voters on Tuesday have from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to cast their ballots when the polls open.