November election to decide local races, two county-wide millages

Candidates for county commissioner, sheriff, prosecutor, county clerk, and county treasurer will not face opposition on the ballot
The November 3 general election – a voting process expected to have large numbers of ballots submitted via mail or in person into designated drop boxes prior to Election Day due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – will decide several local races and proposals.
The results of the August 4 election decided many local races, but there are a few contested positions throughout Crawford County to be determined in November, and there are two county-wide millage proposals.
 
Crawford County
 
There are two county-wide millage proposals on the November 3 ballot. [Complete ballot language for both is available at the bottom of this page.]
Grayling Recreation Authority, the governing body for Hanson Hills Recreation Area, is asking voters to approve an eight-year operating millage renewal. 
The Grayling Recreation Authority millage proposal asks for “0.4845 ($.4845 per $1,000 of taxable value” of “general ad valorem taxes” for “2021 through 2028 inclusive, for the purpose of maintaining recreational facilities and activities in Crawford County,” according to the ballot language. It would generate approximately $282,000 if approved, according to the proposal.
“It’s a renewal. That’s our operating millage,” said Justin Andre, Director of Operations for Grayling Recreation Authority.
The other county-wide millage proposal is for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department to pay “the costs of maintaining and equipping a deputy assigned as the School Resource Officer in the Crawford AuSable School System and maintaining and equipping a deputy assigned to the Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group,” according to the ballot language. The millage is for “a period of five years, 2020 through 2024 inclusive,” according to the proposal.
The proposal – “a new millage” – asks voters to approve “0.4500 ($0.4500 per $1,000 of taxable value” on “the total amount of general ad valorem taxes imposed on real and tangible personal property” in the county to pay for the S.T.I.N.G. deputy and the school officer. It would raise approximately $262,000, according to the ballot language.
Crawford County Sheriff Shawn M. Kraycs said he is looking to solidify funding for the two positions due to potential upcoming budget issues for the county and the school system.
“The two positions are additional positions to the regular patrol officers; thus, they are the first to be considered for elimination when budget shortages surface,” Sheriff Kraycs said.
Sheriff Kraycs said both positions are important to the community.
“The S.T.I.N.G. officer is a full-time police officer that works directly with a team of police officers from other communities. These officers work together to combat drug trafficking and abuse. They work on drug cases full-time, giving them the unique opportunity to investigate issues that most times stop at the arrest of the user,” Sheriff Kraycs said. “(The School Resource Officer) assists students with personal issues, family issues, and social issues. The position also has a strong connection and role in the discipline, truancy, and other issues that affect the learning environment. School staff and administration have come to rely on the (School Resource Officer) for many reasons.”
Four incumbent Crawford County officials – Sierra R. Koch, prosecuting attorney; Shawn M. Kraycs, sheriff; Sandra Moore, clerk/register of deeds; and Kate Wagner, treasurer – are running unopposed on the November 3 general election ballot. All four are listed on the ballot as Republicans.
Three candidates are vying for two Crawford County Road Commission seats: Cris Jones (Republican), Ronald Larson (Republican), and Darryl Babbitt Jr. (No Party Affiliation). Jones and Babbitt are incumbents. The terms are for six years.
Two candidates for the Crawford AuSable School District Board of Education are also running unopposed on the ballot for two six-year terms. The two candidates are Bryan Bearss and incumbent Josh Peters. 
 
City of Grayling
 
The City of Grayling has three candidates running for three city council positions: Heather Forbes, Roger Moshier, and Wm. Dennis Sloan. Forbes and Moshier are incumbents.
The City of Grayling had one proposal on the August 4 primary election ballot, a four-year millage renewal to cover the “costs related to snow removal from all sidewalks within the city,” according to the ballot language. City voters approved the proposal 248 to 72. The city does not have a proposal on the November 3 ballot.
The 1st District Crawford County Commissioner candidate, Laurie Jamison (Republican), an incumbent, does not have any opposition on the general election ballot. The 1st District includes the City of Grayling.
City voters can call City Hall at (989) 348-2131 to request an absentee ballot.
The city’s mailing address for submitting completed ballots and absentee ballot requests is PO Box 549, Grayling, MI, 49738. 
City voters can cast ballots in person on election day, November 3, at Grayling City Hall, 1020 City Boulevard.
 
Beaver Creek Township
 
Beaver Creek Township’s 2nd District Crawford County Commissioner candidate – Sharon Priebe (Republican), an incumbent – is running unopposed on the November 3 ballot.
According to the ballot, all of the township’s governmental candidates are running unopposed in November: Dan Bonamie (Republican), Supervisor; Sandy R. Beaudet (Republican), Clerk; Max Meisner (Republican), Treasurer; Lee Riley (Republican), Trustee; Douglas Yanniello (Republican), Trustee. Meisner is the only incumbent. Bonamie, Beaudet, Riley, and Yanniello faced opposition in the August primary election and received enough votes to advance to the November ballot.
Beaver Creek did not have any township millage proposals on the August 4 election ballot. On the November ballot, Beaver Creek voters will be part of the area responsible for deciding a Roscommon Area Public Schools Operating Millage Proposal.
“This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance,” according to the ballot language. “Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Roscommon Area Public Schools, Roscommon and Crawford Counties, Michigan, be increased by .5414 mill ($0.5414 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 4 years, 2020 to 2023, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and .0414 mill is levied in 2020 is approximately $18,726 (this millage is to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will be levied only to the extent necessary to restore that reduction)?”
Beaver Creek Township’s website offers its voters an option to register for absentee ballot applications for all upcoming elections. To do so, Beaver Creek voters can visit www.beavercreektownship.com, use the “Government” tab to drop down to the “Voting and Elections” option, and then click on the words “Request to be placed on the permanent absent voter application list” in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Beaver Creek Township’s office for in-person voting on election day is located at 8888 S. Grayling Road, Grayling, MI, 49738.
 
Frederic Township
 
The 3rd District Crawford County Commissioner seat, which represents Frederic Township, has only one candidate on the ballot, Shelly L. Pinkelman (Republican), an incumbent.
For the Frederic Township Supervisor position, Brandon Gabriel (Republican) is running unopposed on the ballot.
The other governmental position races in Frederic will be contested on the November ballot.
Three candidates are listed for the clerk position: Amanda Siwecki (Republican), Christine Cox (No Party Affiliation), and Kimberly Johnston (No Party Affiliation).
Karen M. Dawson (Republican) and Jodie Tompkins (No Party Affiliation) are running for the Frederic Township Treasurer position. Dawson is the incumbent.
Three candidates are running for two trustee seats: Donald Weaver (Democratic), Debra Friedman (Republican), and Randy Richardson (Republican). Friedman is an incumbent.
Frederic Township passed two emergency services millage requests during the August primary – Proposal To Renew Fire Millage and Proposal To Renew Ambulance Millage, both four-year renewals – and it does not have any proposals on the November ballot.
Frederic Township officials said Frederic voters can call the township office at 348-8778 ext. 4 to request an absentee ballot application.
The Frederic Township mailing address for completed ballots is PO Box 78, Frederic, MI, 49733. 
Frederic Township is also offering a drop box for people to submit absentee ballots at Frederic Township Hall at 6470 Manistee Street, Frederic.
In-person voting for the township will take place at Frederic Township Hall.
 
Grayling Charter Township
 
The candidates for Grayling Charter Township positions are running unopposed on the November ballot: Lacey D. Stephan III (Republican), Supervisor; Diane Giska (Republican), Clerk; Cindy Olson (Republican), Treasurer; JoAnn Michal (Republican), Trustee; Claudia Selthoffer (Republican), Trustee; Joseph Smock (Republican), Trustee; Shannon Sorenson (Republican), Trustee; Albert Ingalls (Republican), Constable.
The county commissioner candidates for Grayling Charter Township depend on the voter’s precinct within the township: Precinct 302, Sharon Priebe (Republican); Precinct 304, Jamie McClain (Republican); Precinct 305, Carey Jansen (No Party Affiliation); Precinct 306, Sherry Powers (Republican). All four are incumbents, and all four are running unopposed on the ballot.
Grayling Charter Township did not have any township millage requests on the August 4 election ballot, and it doesn’t have any millage proposals on the November ballot.
Grayling Charter Township’s mailing address for submitting ballots is PO Box 521, Grayling, MI, 49738.
Grayling Charter Township also has a drop box at Grayling Township Hall – located at 2090 Viking Way – for handing in completed ballots. 
Grayling Charter Township residents will vote in person at Grayling Township Hall.
 
Lovells Township 
 
In Lovells Township, the supervisor race will feature two candidates: Randy Long (Democratic) vs. Gary Neumann (Republican). Neumann is an incumbent.
Incumbent clerk Cynthia L. Infante-Inman (Republican) is running unopposed on the November ballot. Incumbent treasurer Ann Carole Duby (Republican) is also unopposed on the ballot.
Incumbent trustees Cheryl L. Hopp and Heather G. Lovell, both listed as Republicans, are also running unopposed for their seats.
On the Crawford County Board, Lovells Township is currently represented by 6th District commissioner Sherry Powers (Republican), and she is running unopposed on the November 3 ballot.
Lovells Township Hall has a drop box for absentee ballots. Lovells Township Hall – the site of in-person voting for the township on election day – is located at 8405 Twin Bridge Road.
 
Maple Forest Township
 
None of the Maple Forest Township government candidates face opposition on the November ballot: Supervisor Thomas L. Coors (Republican), Clerk Sandra L. Baynham (Republican), Treasurer Denise M. Babbitt (Republican), Trustee Kristine K. Madill (Democratic), Trustee Gayle L. Desprez (Republican). Coors, Baynham, Babbitt, Desprez, and Madill are all incumbents.
In August, Maple Forest Township voters approved a four-year millage renewal to continue paying for emergency services through Frederic Township. Maple Forest does not have any proposals on the November ballot.
Shelly L. Pinkelman (Republican) is the current 3rd District representative on the county board of commissioners. She is running unopposed. The 3rd District includes Maple Forest Township and Frederic Township.
Maple Forest officials said township voters can request an absentee ballot by calling the office at (989) 348-5794 or emailing the Maple Forest Township Clerk at sbaynham@mapleforest.org.
Maple Forest voters can submit absentee ballots in person at the township hall’s drop box or mail them to 2520 W. Marker Road, Grayling, MI 49738.
In person voting for Maple Forest will take place on November 3 at the township hall located at Maple Forest Township Hall, 8996 North Sherman Road.
 
South Branch Township
 
All South Branch Township government candidates are running unopposed on the November 3 ballot: Supervisor Laurie Luck (Republican), Clerk Brenda Nelson (Democratic), Treasurer Cathy Lewis (Republican), Trustee Michael J. Janisse (Republican), Trustee Anna Sylvester (Republican). Luck, Nelson, Lewis, Janisse, and Sylvester are all incumbents.
South Branch Township ballots will include the same Roscommon Area Public Schools Operating Millage Proposal as in Beaver Creek.
South Branch Township’s 7th District County Commissioner, Phil Lewis, is running unopposed for re-election.
South Branch officials said voters can pick up an absentee ballot request form at South Branch Township Hall, 5245 N. M-18 or call (989) 275-8232 to have one mailed. 
The mailing address for South Branch Township is PO Box 606, Roscommon, MI  48653. Completed absentee ballot request forms can be mailed, dropped off at the office, or emailed to the clerk at clerk@southbranchtownship.com.
 
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Michigan voters can request absentee ballots through the Department of State’s Michigan Voter Information Center website at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us. 
The Michigan Voter Information Center site also allows voters to view the ballot for their precinct. Under the section titled “Your voter information” near the top, click on “What’s on the ballot?” and then use the four drop-down boxes to select “Election” and “County” and “Jurisdiction” and “Precinct.” Once the four boxes are selected, click the green “View the ballot” button.
Registered voters can also verify that their absentee ballot request form or completed absentee ballot has been received using the Michigan Voter Information Center site. From the main page at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us, click “Your voter information” at the top of the page. Fill in the fields marked “First name” and “Last name” and “Birth month” and “Birth year” and “ZIP code.” Click the green “Search by name” box. The resulting page will display “Your polling location” (including address and map), “Your clerk” (including all contact information), and “Absentee ballot.” The “Absentee ballot” section lists a spot for “Application received” and “Ballot sent” and “Ballot received,” listing specific dates for each step as they’re completed.
In-person voting locations for the election will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.
 
The ballot language for the two county-wide proposals:
 
Crawford County - Grayling Recreation Authority Millage Proposal
 
Shall the limitation upon the total amount of general ad valorem taxes imposed on real and tangible personal property for all purposes in any one year under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution be increased in the County of Crawford by 0.4845 ($.4845 per $1,000.00 of taxable value of all such property) for a period of eight (8) years, 2021 through 2028 inclusive, for the purpose of maintaining recreational facilities and activities in Crawford County. Shall the County of Crawford be authorized to levy such millage for said purpose? 
The amount of revenue the County will collect if the millage is approved and levied by the County in the first year is estimated to be $281,946.00. The proposed millage is a renewal of a previously authorized millage, the revenue from which will be disbursed to the Grayling Recreational Authority and, to the extent required by law, a portion of such millage revenue will be captured by and disbursed to the Crawford County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Sawmill Lofts Neighborhood Enterprise Zone No. 1.
 
Crawford County Sheriff Millage Proposal

Shall the limitation upon the total amount of general ad valorem taxes imposed on real and tangible personal property for all purposes in any one year under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution be increased in the County of Crawford by 0.4500 ($0.4500 per $1,000.00 of taxable value of all such property) for a period of five (5) years, 2020 through 2024 inclusive, for the purpose of paying the costs of maintaining and equipping a deputy assigned as the School Resource Officer in the Crawford AuSable School System and maintaining and equipping a deputy assigned to the Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group (S.T.I.N.G.), and shall the County of Crawford be authorized to levy such millage for said purpose?

The amount of revenue the County will collect if the millage is approved and levied by the County in the first year is estimated to be $261,869.00. The proposed millage is a new millage, the revenue from which will be disbursed to Crawford County and, to the extent required by law, a portion of such millage revenue will be captured by and disbursed to the Crawford County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Sawmill Lofts Neighborhood Enterprise Zone No. 1.

 
 

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806
E-Mail: information@crawfordcountyavalanche.com

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