Let's get ready to vote

OSCEOLA COUNTY – Voters will have a lot to think about heading into the Aug. 7 primary election as 33 candidates will vie for 17 positions in Osceola County.

The primary election will determine who will take the seat in each county position, with the exception of sheriff, which will be decided by the general election in November. Every candidate running at the county level is Republican. Sheriff candidate Richard Argue is the only Democrat.

  •  Incumbant Jim Sims is challenged by political newcomer Tyler Thompson for the Osceola County Prosecutor’s position for the next two years.
  • In the sheriff’s race, incumbent Jim Crawford seeks his fourth term in office, while his former undersheriff Dave Fowler also is on the ballot for the sheriff’s position.

Sixteen candidates are running for seven county commission seats in the county’s seven districts:

  •  Running for District One, which covers LeRoy Township, Lincoln Township and Richmond Township south of Three Mile Road and east of 200th Avenue are incumbent Mark Brock, Charles Kampmueller and Jill Halladay.
  • Incumbent Tammy Stoner and Mark Gregory will compete for the seat representing District Two, which covers Rose Lake Township, Burdell Township and Sherman Township west of 140th Avenue.
  • Incumbent Ron Sikkema will run unopposed for District Three which covers Hartwick, Highland and Marion townships.
  • Matt Keller will run for the commissioner’s position for District Four, which covers Middle Branch Township, Orient Township, Sylvan Township and Hartwick Township, challenging incumbent Alan Tiedt.
  • Running for District Five, which covers the City of Evart, Cedar Township and Osceola Township are incumbent Roger Elkins and hopefuls Charles Walter and Kevinn Beemer.
  • Pamela Wayne and Ryan Steig will challenge incumbent Dave Brooks for the commission seat representing District Six, which includes Hersey Township and Evart Township.
  • Running for District Seven, which covers Reed City and Richmond Township north of Three Mile Road and west of 200th Avenue are incumbent Larry Emig and Jackie Youngs.
  • The drain commissioner’s position will be contested between incumbent Jerry Powell and Wil Hoitenga, both Republicans.
  • Six candidates will run for two six-year terms on the road commission board, including incumbent Gary Wemple, incumbent John Atkins, Brian Cushman, Doug Kanouse and Lawrence Mahlich, all Republicans, along with Democrat Ronald Boyer.
  • Four incumbent officials will run uncontested: Karen Bluhm, clerk; Nancy Crawford, register of deeds; Lori Leudeman, treasurer and Bill Sikkema, surveyor.

Also on the ballot will be candidates for United States Senate, House of Representatives, and state representatives from the 102nd or 92nd districts:

  • Incumbent Debbie Stabenow will be challeged by the winner of the GOP primary being contested by Republicans Clark Durant, Gary Glenn, Randy Hekman, Pete Hoekstra and Peter Konetchy for a seat in the United States Senate.
  • Incumbent Dave Camp and Debra Friedell Wirth will vie for a seat as the representative from the Fourth District, covering a portion of the center of the state from Traverse City to just north of Flint.
  • Republican incumbent Phil Potvin will be challenged by the winner or the Democratic primary - either George Huffman II or Brendan Maturen. The winner will represent the 102nd District in the Michigan House of Representatives, which covers Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties.
  • Incumbent Joel Johnson for the 97th District will be challenged by Chris Breznau for the Representative’s seat, which covers Clare, Gladwin, Aranac and half of Bay counties and a newly redistricted eastern portion of Osceola County.

The primary election will be held Tuesday, August 7, and the general election will be Tuesday, November 6.