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Four incumbents on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will be running against each other this year due to newly redrawn districts, while three incumbents on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners are being challenged by members of their own political party.

Meanwhile, a Montcalm County state senator is being primaried, while an Ionia County judge has filed to run for a seat on the Michigan Court of Appeals.

The filing deadline to appear on the ballot in the August primary election was Tuesday. The top Republican and Democrat vote-getters (if contested) will advance from the primary to November’s general election.

This year’s election marks the first since state and county commissioner district maps have been redrawn.

STATE RACES

State Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, is facing a fellow Republican challenger for his 33rd District seat in August — Andrew Jackson Willis of Rockford, who previously ran for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. The Republican winner of the primary will face Mark Bignell, a Democrat from Greenville, in November.

Two Democrats, Tammy DeVries of Cedar Springs and Frank Lafita of Greenville, will face off in August for a chance to challenge Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes, in November. Pat Outman currently represents the 70th District, which has been redrawn as the new 91st District, which will include most of Montcalm County, as well as Belding and Cedar Springs.

The Carson City and Crystal area on the east side of Montcalm County will be represented in the newly drawn 93rd District. Two Republicans are running in August for that seat: Graham Filler of St. Johns and Alan Hoover of Fowler. The winner will face off against Jeffrey Lockwood, a Democrat from Saginaw, in November.

Rep. Julie Calley, R-Portland, is term-limited and thus is not running for re-election to the current 87th District, which has been redrawn as the new 78th District, which will include the Ionia, Portland, Lake Odessa and Lowell area. Four Republicans are running for the new district in August: Christine Barnes of Mulliken, Ben Geiger of Nashville, Gina Johnson of Lake Odessa and Jon Rocha of Alto. The winner will face off with Leah Groves, a Democrat from Lowell, in November.

Current 86th District Rep. Thomas Albert R-Lowell is running for 18th District state senator, a seat being vacated by current Sen. John Bizon. Albert will be challenged by Ryan Mancinelli, a Republican from Alto, in August. The winner will face off with Kai Degraaf, a Democrat from Ada, in November.

Congressional Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, is facing a fellow Republican challenger in his bid for re-election. Moolenaar currently represents Michigan’s 4th District, which has been redrawn as the new 2nd District. Moolenaar is being challenged in August by Thomas Norton of Courtland Township. The winner will face off with Jerry Hilliard, a Democrat from Mount Pleasant, in November.

Congressional Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Grand Rapids Township, is facing two Republican challengers in his bid for re-election. Meijer currently represents Michigan’s 3rd District, which has been redrawn in portions. Meijer is being challenged in August by John Gibbs of Byron Center and Gabi Manolache of Grandville, both Republicans. The winner will face off with Hillary Scholten, a Democrat from Grand Rapids, in November.

Ionia County District Court Judge Raymond Voet of Ionia is running for the 3rd District seat on the Michigan Court of Appeals. He will face off against fellow nonpartisan candidate Kathleen Feeney of Rockford in November, as they were the only two candidates to file.

MONTCALM COUNTY BOARDS

The following candidates have filed to run for seats on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners (Jeremy Miller of Greenville is the only incumbent commissioner not running for re-election):

• District 1: Incumbent Ron Baker of Howard City (a Republican) will run uncontested (area includes Pierson and Reynolds townships).

• District 2: Incumbents Michael Beach of Carson City and Christopher Johnston of Crystal Township (both Republicans) will face off against each other in August (area includes Bloomer, Crystal, Day and Ferris townships, a portion of Evergreen Township, the city of Carson City and a portion of the city of Stanton).

• District 3: Incumbent Adam Petersen of Montcalm Township (a Republican) will run uncontested (area includes portions of Douglass, Eureka and Montcalm townships and a portion of the city of Stanton and all of Sidney Township).

• District 4: Incumbent Scott Painter of Greenville (a Republican) and G.R. “Pete” Frye of Greenville (a Democrat) will face off in November (the area includes a portion of Eureka Township and the city of Greenville).

• District 5: Charlie Mahar of Eureka Township (a Republican) and John Hoppough of Eureka Township (a Democrat) will face off in November (area includes Bushnell and Fairplain townships and portions of Eureka, Evergreen and Montcalm townships).

• District 6: Incumbents Patrick Q. Carr of Cato Township (a Republican) and Kathy Bresnahan of Pine Township (a Democrat) will face off in November (area includes Maple Valley, Pine and Winfield townships and a portion of Cato Township).

• District 7: Incumbent Phil Kohn of Edmore (a Republican) is being challenged by Armon Withey of Belvidere Township (also a Republican) in August (area includes Belvidere, Home and Richland townships and a portion of Cato and Douglass townships).

A position on the Montcalm County Road Commission is up for election this year as well, a six-year term. Incumbent Bob Brundage will run uncontested for re-election.

IONIA COUNTY BOARD

The following candidates have filed to run for seats on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners (Karen Banks of Lake Odessa is the only incumbent commissioner not running for re-election):

• District 1: Incumbent David Hodges of Belding (a Republican) will face Michael Baker (a Democrat) in November (area includes the city of Belding, Otisco Township and a portion of Orleans Township).

• District 2: Incumbent Scott Wirtz of Ionia (a Republican) is being challenged by Joe Farrington (also a Republican) in August (area includes Ronald Township, North Plains Township, Lyons Township and a portion of Orleans Township).

• District 3: Two Democrats, Michelle McCord and Roger Hamel, will face off in August for a chance to challenge incumbent Larry Tiejema of Saranac (a Republican) in November (area includes Keene Township, Easton Township and Ionia Township).

• District 4: Dennis Sitzer and Philip Hesche (both Republicans) will face off in August for a chance to challenge Judith Transue (a Democrat) in November (area includes Boston Township and Campbell Township).

• District 5: Two Republicans, Gordon Kelley and Tim Ross, will face off in August for a chance to challenge incumbent Ally Cook of Ionia (a Democrat) in November (area includes the city of Ionia, and Berlin Township).

• District 6: Incumbent Jack Shattuck of Portland (a Republican) is being challenged by Heather Hendges (also a Republican) in August (area includes Odessa Township, Sebewa Township, Orange Township and portions of Danby Township).

• District 7: Incumbent Georgia Sharp of Portland (a Republican) is being challenged by Terrence Frewen (also a Republican) in August (area includes Portland Township, the city of Portland, and portions of Danby Township).

MONTCALM COUNTY PARTIAL TERMS

The following candidates filed for partial terms on Montcalm County township boards for August’s primary election:

• Belvidere Township trustee: The seat is currently held by Wayne Watts who will be contested by Tarin Minkel and Patrick Stuller. All three candidates filed to run as Republicans.

• Bloomer Township clerk: The seat is currently held by former clerk Sarah Todd who is not running for election. Tara Chapko, who is currently a Bloomer Township Board trustee, has filed to run as a Republican for clerk and is uncontested. This means Chapko’s trustee position will need to be filled by appointment by the township board.

• Bushnell Township clerk: The seat is currently held by Louise Belyou, a Republican, who will run uncontested.

• Cato Township trustee: The seat is currently held by David Behrenwald, a Republican, who will run uncontested.

• Douglass Township trustee: The seat is currently held by Pat Althoff who will be challenged by Eric Tester. Both men are Republicans.

• Ferris Township treasurer: The seat is currently held by Darrell Jody Waldron, a Republican, who will run uncontested.

• Maple Valley Township clerk: The seat is currently held by Cathy Benson who will be challenged by Andrea Knapp. Both women are Republicans.

• Maple Valley Township trustee: The seat is currently held by Ben Newell who will be challenged by Tim Thornhill. Both men are Republicans.

• Pine Township treasurer: The seat is currently held by Kristen Diehl who is not running for election. Misty VanGessel, a Republican, will run uncontested.

• Reynolds Township trustee: The seat is currently held by Robert Bergstrom, a Republican, who will run uncontested.

• Richland Township supervisor: The seat currently held by Jody Penrod, a Republican, who will run uncontested.

IONIA COUNTY PARTIAL TERMS

The following candidates filed for partial terms on Ionia County township boards for August’s primary election:

• Easton Township clerk: Seat is currently held by Breanne Rowley, a Republican, who is running uncontested.

• Keene Township clerk: Seat is currently held by Tamara Hardy, a Republican, who is being challenged by two other Republicans in August, Carol Johnson and Tina Stranger.

• Odessa Township supervisor: Seat is currently held by Gary Secor, a Republican, who is running uncontested.

• Orleans Township treasurer: Seat is currently held by Barb Colwell, a Republican, who is running uncontested.

• Ronald Township treasurer: Seat is currently held by Alexis Middleton, a Republican, who is running uncontested.

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