Field of candidates set for Aug. 6 primary election for Crawford County Board of Commissioners
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
Two long-time members on the Crawford County Board of Commissioners are not seeking reelection, leaving a field of uncontested races for the Aug. 7 primary election.
Dave Stephenson, the chairman for the Crawford County Board of Commissioners, is stepping away from his position on the county board. County Commissioner Rick Anderson is also not seeking reelection to the board. Both men are completing their 16th year serving the county.
All other candidates seeking elected positions with political party affiliations filed to run by the Tuesday, April 24 deadline. The terms for the commissioners are for two years.
County Commissioner Laurie Jamison is seeking reelection in District 1, which covers the City of Grayling. Jamison was appointed to the board on Feb. 26, 2105 and has since won her bid for reelection.
Sharon Priebe is seeking reelection in District 2, which covers Beaver Creek Township and a portion of Grayling Charter Township. She started serving on the board on Jan. 1, 2013 and has been reelected twice.
Shelly Pinkelman, the vice chair for the county board of commissioners, is seeking reelection in District 3, which covers Frederic Township and Maple Forest Township. Pinkelman is due to wrap up her 20th year on the board this year, the longest serving county official still on the board.
County Commissioner Jamie McClain is seeking reelection in District 4, which covers the western portion of Grayling Charter Township. She was appointed to the board in 2014 and succeeded in her bid for reelection two years ago.
New comer Hailey Halstead is running in District 5, which covers Lovells Township and the northeast portion of Grayling Charter Township. Anderson is completing his last year serving the district. Halstead will face Carey Jansen, who is running as an independent candidate, on the Nov. 6 general election ballot for the seat on the board.
Sherry Powers, who is also a new candidate running for the county board, is seeking to serve District 6, which covers the eastern portion and northwest portion of Grayling Charter Township. Stephenson is completing his last year serving the district.
County Commissioner Phil Lewis is running for reelection in District 7, which covers South Branch Township. He started serving on the board on Jan. 1, 2013 and has been reelected twice.