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Marysville voters pick three for council in close election; Fort Gratiot passes police protection tax

By Bob Gross

A horse race in the election for Marysville City Council ended with the top four candidates separated by 119 votes. Only the top three were elected to the council.

A police protection tax proposal in Fort Gratiot passed with 1,368 yes votes to 613 no votes.

Marysville voters elected Kathleen Hayman with 1,129 votes; Paul A. Wessel with 1,109 votes; and Shawn R. Weston with 1,068 votes. Michael Deising just missed being elected with 1,010 votes. Jean Cramer received 180 votes.

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Wayne P. Pyden was unopposed in the race for mayor and received 1,365 votes.

The candidates for elected office in Yale all were unopposed. Scott P. Gill was elected Mayor with 115 votes; Ashley Aldea was elected clerk with 123 votes; and Paul Williams was elected treasurer with 124 votes.

Karen Schneck with 106 votes; Patti Kendzierski with 99 votes; and Anthony Hackett with 91 votes all were elected to the Yale City Council.

A proposal in Yale for a tax increase to fund law enforcement passed with 94 people voting yes and 47 voting no.

A proposal to renew a tax that funds city employee pensions passed in St. Clair, 348 yes to 246 no.

A capital improvement tax in Memphis received 72 yes votes and 84 no votes.

Kurt Marter was elected Memphis mayor, defeating Jennifer Parker, 103 to 55.

Jason Sopha with 125 votes; Eric Schneider with 119; and Larry Wilson with 114 were elected to the Memphis City Council.

The Anchor Bay School District’s operating tax proposal passed with 1,648 yes votes to 705 no.

Richmond Community Schools’ bonding proposal passed with 951 yes votes to 784 no.

Bob Gross has been a journalist for 40 years in Michigan and Wyoming. He has covered subjects ranging from agriculture to zoology. He most recently covered courts and police for the Port Huron Times Herald.

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