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Frankenmuth News

Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906

Vol. 117 No. 12 - In our 117th year!

Wednesday, September 28, 2022


Clerks preparing for absentee ballot voting

  The mid-term General Election is just over a month away and area clerks are gearing up for a slew of absentee ballot applications in the coming weeks.

  Frankenmuth City Clerk Phil Kerns and Frankenmuth Township Clerk Luci Valone tell their constituents that there will be plenty to vote on for the Tuesday, November 8 election, including three state proposals, a Saginaw County question and one millage proposal by the Saginaw Intermediate School District.

  The polls will be open 7am until 8pm on Election Day, however, with the rules relaxed on absentee voting, both clerks are expecting more to choose that option.

  “The clerk’s office is awaiting delivery of the ballot order so that testing and processing can begin to mail out the over 1,100 absentee ballots already requested by city voters,” Kerns said. “I expect that ballots should be mailed out in the next two weeks once testing and processing are completed.”

  Valone is also preparing for ballot mailing. She is looking for help on Election Day.

  “I am looking for an additional four election inspectors, with computer skills preferred,” Valone said.

  Interested persons should contact Valone via her email,

  In the partisan section, voters will have the option to vote straight party ticket, with the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, U.S. Taxpayers, Working Class, Green and Natural Law parties all represented.

  The state government has many names on the ballot, including the race for Michigan governor. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin D. Gilchrist II will seek re-election and face Republican Tudor M. Dixon and her running mate, Shane Hernandez, as well as four others from other parties.

  Incumbent Democrat Jocelyn Benson also seeks to keep her position of Secretary of State, facing the biggest challenge from Republican Kristina Elaine Karamo. For attorney general, Democrat Dana Nessel will square off again primary challenger, Republican Matthew DePerno.

  In congress, Eighth District, Democrat Daniel T. Kildee will face three challengers, including Republican Paul Junge. For state senator, 26th District, Democrat Charles Stadler will face Republican Kevin Daley.

  Closer to home, there will be a new face for the state legislature, 97th District. Republican incumbent Rodney Wakeman was defeated in the August primary by Republican Matthew Bierlein of Vassar and will take on Democrat Paul M. Whitney, also of Vassar.

  Voters will also have a plethora of candidate for the State Board of Education as well as members of the University of Michigan regents, Michigan State University trustees and Wayne State University governors.

  There is also race for Saginaw County Board of Commissioners in District 7. Incumbent Republican Dennis Krafft of Frankenmuth will square off against Nancy Wilson Baird of Burt.

  There are several judicial races in the nonpartisan section of the ballot, as well as Delta College Board of Trustee positions for Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties.

  Locally, the biggest races will come in the Frankenmuth School District as a dozen district residents are seeking four seats for four-year terms.

  Incumbents Colin Maurer and Travis Dafoe are seeking re-election, with eight challengers also looking to join the board: Tracy Barker, Amy Culver, Michael Duclos, Lisa Hubbard, Jason Lipka, Zak McClellan, Lon Miller, Justin Severs, Thomas Wanless and Lisa Woodke.

  For the City of Frankenmuth, Mayor Mary Anne Ackermann is seeking another two-year term and is facing no opposition. For City Council, there are two seats available with three candidates. Incumbents Thomas Meyer and Chad Ross are looking to retain their seats, challenged by Joseph Cramer.

  State Proposal 22-1 is a proposal to amend the state constitution to require annual public financial disclosure reports by legislators and other state officers and change the state legislator term limit to 12 total years in the legislature.

  State Proposal 22-2, if passed, would amend the state constitution to add provisions regarding elections.

  State Proposal 22-3, if passed, would amend the state constitution to establish new individual right to reproductive freedom, including the right to make all decisions about pregnancy and abortion; allow state to regulate abortion in some cases; and forbid prosecution of individuals exercising established right.

 At the Saginaw County level, Proposal 22-2 is asking for a renewal and increase for the Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission millage while the Saginaw Intermediate School District has a special education millage proposal to increase the levy.




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