Three county wide millage proposals passed in Saginaw County after the Tuesday, August 7 election.
The millages for Animal Control, the 9-1-1 Authority and the Commission on Aging all passed while the Castle Museum millage was defeated. Around the county, the Shiawassee Regional Education Service District Special Education millage, the Jonesfield Township road millage and the Richland Township Library millage were voted down. In education, the Hemlock, Saint Charles and Freeland Schools operating millages passed, as did the Saginaw Township and Swan Valley Schools sinking fund proposals. Various millages were also passed in Buena Vista, James, Maple Grove, Tittabawassee and Blumfield Townships.
Five Saginaw County Commission seats are up for grabs come November after the primaries. In District 3, Republican Kirk Kilpatrick defeated Michael Lash. Republican James Graham defeated James Gray in District 5 and Republican Kyle Harris came out ahead of Ron Scholtz in District 6. Republican Dennis Krafft beat Amy Carl for District 8. The lone Democratic Primary for County Commissioner was in District 10 with Carl Ruth defeating Wilmer Ham-McZee.
For the 94th State House seat, Republican Rodney Wakeman narrowly beat Steven Gerhardt by just 40 votes, also defeating Rick Riebschleger. For the 32nd District State Senate position, Democrat Phil Phelps came out over Henry Gaudreau.
In Midland County, the 1st Ward Midland City Council membership went to Pam Hall, defeating John Metevia, Jr. and Jeremy Rogers. Councilman Tom Adams chose not to run this election. In the 98th State House District, Annette Glenn defeated Carl Hamann in the Republican primary, with Kristen Brown beating Randall Doyle and Allison Quast-Lents in the 99th District’s Democratic primary. In the Congressional race for the 4th District, Zigmund Kozicki lost to Jerry Hilliard, who will face Congressman John Moolenaar in November’s election.
Residents of Midland County continue to support their public services. The services to older citizens millage renewal passed as did the Gypsy moth suppression millage renewal. The road millage renewal and the emergency medical services millage renewal also passed. Township and city millages throughout the county all passed, including the Coleman Community Schools Bond proposal and the Coleman Area Library millage renewal, Porter and Geneva Townships road millages and Jerome Township fire millages.