Voters head to polls Tuesday for Primary Election

Voters will narrow the field of candidates for the 2016 November General Election at next Tuesday’s August 2 primary with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The election will determine which Republican will move on to the November race for seats in the U.S. Congress, State Legislature, and at the county level, prosecuting attorney. On the Democratic side, none of the candidates face any same-party challengers, although all candidates’ names will appear on the ballot.

In addition, on the nonpartisan side of the ballot, a three-way race for Circuit Court Judge includes incumbent Anna Marie Anzalone, Stanley M. Sala and Phillip Schaedler.  The two candidates with the highest number of votes will go head-to-head in November to fill a vacancy and remaining term of Judge Timothy Pickard, who retired in 2014. Anzalone has filled the seat since Pickard’s retirement after her appointment by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Partisan races in the primary election include:

• Representative in Congress 7th District, Republicans Tim Walberg and Doug North, one of whom will face Democratic challenger Gretchen Driskell

• Representative in the State Legislature 57th District, Republicans Jim Cottrell, Brian Good and Bronna Kahle, one of whom will face Democratic Challenger Harvey Schmidt

• Lenawee County Prosecuting Attorney, Republicans R. Burke Castleberry, Jr. and Rodney J. Leon with no Democratic challenger

• Drain Commissioner, Re-publican Jenny Escott and Democrat Scott Jay Smith

The balance of seats to be filled have only one candidate each, so there will no runoff in November. Those offices and candidates, who will still appear on the ballot are:

Lenawee County Sheriff, Jack Welsh; clerk, Roxann Holloway; treasurer, Marilyn J. Woods; register of deeds, Carolyn S. Bater; county road commissioner, Robert H. Emery; surveyor, Kevin L. Pickford; and county commissioner David Stimpson



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