Candidates have been announced and the ballots are being set for the upcoming local elections in New Buffalo City, New Buffalo Township and Chikaming Township, Three Oaks Township and Village and Grand Beach Village. The elections for seats on the city council, Township board, local School board and local Library Board is Tuesday, November 8, which is also the National Presidential election and the state and county elections.
As in previous elections, The New Buffalo Times will give candidates an opportunity to be heard in our “VOTE” columns.
Running on the City of New Buffalo ballot are ten candidates for three open council seats, and one candidate is running against Mayor O’Donnell in the special recall election.
In New Buffalo City, there are three council seats open for election with expirations in 2019, plus there is a recall of Mayor Lou O’Donnell IV, whose seat expires in 2018. There is also an open seat that was vacated in August by the resignation of Councilman John Peterson. The vacant seat, which expires in 2018, will be appointed by the City Council from the candidates that have submitted letters and resumes for consideration. The City of New Buffalo has a total of five city council positions, including the Mayor.
Ten candidates are running for the three open council seats; they are: incumbent councilmen Robert Spirito and Mark Kroll, along with Elizabeth Ennis, Lea Grzywacz, Kevin Huber, Jeanette Kirkus, Ray Lawson, Diana Nichols, Si Osiri and John Sayne.
One candidates is running against Mayor Lou O’Donnell IV in the recall election, Ray Kirkus.
Those seeking consideration for appointment by the city council, to the vacant seat are: Lea Grzywacz, Kevin Huber, Ray Kirkus, Charles Krametbauer, Bill McCollum and Diana Nichols.
In New Buffalo Township those running for the New Buffalo Township Board are as follows: Township Supervisor, Michelle Heit who defeated incumbent Rose Dudiak in the primary will be facing a write-in challenge by Dudiak in November. Incumbent Treasurer Jack Rogers (D) defeated Barbara Anderson in the primary and is running unopposed. For the Clerk position Incumbent Paul D. Oselka (R) will face Judith Handley Zabicki (D).
There are two positions open for Trustee; Patricia Iazzetto (R) and Incumbent Pete Rahm (R) will face Shannon Sawver (D). Two candidates from each party would run in November, if there were two Democratic candidates. The top two vote getters, regardless of party, will win the Trustee seats.
Grand Beach Village has two openings on their five member council; running for re-election are two incumbents, Jim Bracewell and Blake O’Halloran.
New Buffalo Township Library Board has six seats open, running are: Incumbents Kathie Butler, Paul Ciccarelli, Mary Stewart McPherson, Albin Sikora, Sandra Sporleder and Becky Borglin.
Running for the New Buffalo Area School board for three open positions are: Incumbent Chuck Heit, and Heather Black, Joyce Lantz, Lisa Tertel, and Lisa J. Werner.
In Chikaming Township those running are: Incumbent Supervisor Wayne Warner against challenger David Bunte, also running are Incumbents; Clerk Paula Dudiak, Treasurer Liz Rettig, Trustee William Marske and Rich Sullivan.
For Chikaming Park Board the following are running for re-election: Joseph Reed, Janet Schrader, Kathy Sellers and Shelly Taylor.
Running in Three Oaks Township are: Supervisor George Mangold and Incumbents: Clerk Elizabeth Cummings, Treasurer Kathleen Osburn and Trustees Rexalee Gordon and Christian P. Mitchell.
In the Village of Three Oaks, incumbent President David Grosse is running for re-election unopposed.
Running for The Village of Three Oaks Council, with three open seats, are: Incumbent Cheryl Capiak, Johnny Pappa and Troy Zebell versus challengers, Dustin Blaszczyk and Brendan Wagner.
River Valley School Board has two positions open, running are: Incumbent Michael Ehlert and Jon Cory German against Jennifer Alderink and Cheryl Capiak.