What’s on the Osceola County ballot?

A list of candidates, millages voters in southern Osceola County will be deciding Nov. 8, 2022

Voters in Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties will have the opportunity to make their voices heard in several elections in 2022.

Voters in Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties will have the opportunity to make their voices heard in several elections in 2022.

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OSCEOLA COUNTY — With midterm elections right around the corner, Osceola County residents will have plenty to decided. Here is a list of candidates for local/regional races and local millage proposals/renewals you may find on your ballot.

(Note: Information came from the Osceola County clerk's office and Michigan.gov/vote.)

STATEWIDE RACES

In addition to governor, attorney general, secretary of state, judges and university school board members, Osecola County residents will vote on representatives in their newly drawn districts. Using data from the 2020 Census, new districts were drawn for congressional representative, state representative and state senators.

For congressional representative, Osceola County now falls in District 2, which covers all of West Central Michigan, including Mecosta, Lake and Newaygo counties. Running is Republican John Moolenaar, Democrat Jerry Hilliard and Libertarian Nathan Hewer.

For state representative, Osceola County moves from the 102nd District to the 100th District along with Mecosta County and parts of Clare and Lake counties. Running are first time candidates Nate Bailey (D) and Tom Kunse (R).

For state senate, Osceola County is in District 34, which covers several mid-Michigan counties, including Mecosta, Isabella and Clare counties and parts of Lake and Midland counties. Running for the 34th District is Christine Gerace (D), Roger Hauck (R) and Becky McDonald (U.S. Taxpayers).

COUNTYWIDE RACES

Most of Osceola County’s commissioner races are uncontested. For County Road Commission, voters can pick up to two candidates from the ballot. Republicans Alan L. Gingrich and Jim Wanstead are the only two on the ballot.

Here are the uncontested candidates for county commissioner:

  • District 1: REP Gregory Gydesen (LeRoy, Lincoln and parts of Burdell townships)
  • District 2: REP Mark Gregory (Rose Lake, Sherman and parts of Burdell townships)
  • District 3: REP David G. Turner (Hartwick, Highland and Marion townships)
  • District 4: REP Timothy J. Michell (Middle Branch, Orient and parts of Osceola townships)
  • District 5: REP James Custer (Evart Township, parts of Osceola Township and the city of Evart)
  • District 6: REP Scott A. Stieg (Cedar, Hersey and parts of Richmond townships)
  • District 7: REP Sally Momany (Parts of Richmond Township and Reed City)

HERSEY

Residents of the Village of Hersey will decide on a village president and two village trustees. Running for village president are Tim Higley and Karen K. Huisman. Running for village trustee are Michelle Gondek, Gretchen L. Pemberton and Sarah J. Sharp.

LEROY

LeRoy Township and the Village of LeRoy both have candidates on the ballot.

For LeRoy Township, Art Moyese is the only candidate running for township trustee, a partial term ending Nov. 20, 2024.

The Village of LeRoy will vote for village president and village trustees. On the ballot, Adam P. Johnson is the only candidate for village president. James Seavey and Gwen Skillern are running for three village trustee seats and Kirk A. Edstrom is running for a partial term ending Nov. 30, 2024.

SYLVAN TOWNSHIP

Sylvan Township has only one position open with one candidate vying. Angela D. Regan is running for township treasurer, a partial term ending Nov. 30, 2024.

EVART

Mayor Chris Emerick is running unopposed for reelection, but several candidates are vying for two council member-at-large seats. Running are Vanessa Jones, Shawn Pattee, Jim Schwab and Sandra L. Szeliga.

Also on the ballot is city clerk, but no candidates are listed. Instead Evart has a charter amendment proposal on the ballot. It says: Shall the Charter, of the City of Evart, be amended, by amending Sections 3.7; 4.1; 4.3; 4.10; 6.1 & 6.4, to change the Evart City Clerk, from an elected position, elected by the City Electors, to an appointed position, appointed by the City Council, to take effect in November 2024, or upon a vacancy, in that office, whichever occurs first?

More: Meet the candidates running for Evart city council

REED CITY

Three candidates are on the ballot for four council member-at-large seats: Trevor Guiles, Bradley Nixon and Nicole Woodside. Mary Griggs and David Belden are running as write ins.

SCHOOL BOARDS

Reed City Area Public Schools, Evart Public Schools and Pine River Area Schools have candidates running for their respective school boards. Here are the candidates:

Evart Public Schools: Six-year term, vote for not more than 2

  • Todd Bruggema
  • Tammy Dellar
  • Rosie McKinstry
  • Kelly L. Millen
  • Mark Moody

More: Meet the candidates running for Evart school board

Reed City Area Public School: Four-year term, vote for not more than 3

  • Heidie Decker-Thomas 
  • Jamie Eichenberg 
  • Christine Mund 
  • Melissa Emmorey (write in)
  • David Williams (write in)

More: Meet the candidates running for Reed City school board

Pine River Area Schools: Six-year term, vote for not more than 2

  • Kevin Delancey
  • Michael Kelso