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County Commission races on today’s ballot

A number of decisions concerning local government will be made during today’s primary election. Polls are open until 8 o’clock tonight. Leading the way are two contested races for county commission. District 2 incumbent Don Eaton, a Burr Oak Township resident, is being challenged by Mendon residents Chad Behrens and Kathy Pangle. All three are running as Republicans. The district …

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Clerk and treasurer positions on ballot

St. Joseph County will have a newly elected clerk and register of deeds after today’s primary election. Voters will decide between two Republican contenders Melissa Marsh of Fabius Township and Lindsay Oswald of Lockport Township. Oswald has held the position since July 2015, as she was appointed after predecessor Pattie Bender announced her retirement. The post is for a four-year …

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Several uncontested races across county

Four St. Joseph County officials and three county commissioners are running uncontested in today’s primary election. Sheriff Brad Balk, 63, is completing his second four-year term. He has said this will likely be his final run for the office. Balk lives in Centreville. The post currently pays $79,000 a year. Prosecutor John McDonough, 36, is also completing his eighth year …

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TR Chamber plans candidate forum

The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce is providing residents a final opportunity to hear from local candidates involved in next week’s primary election. A candidates’ forum involving only county positions takes place this evening in the Dresser Business Center at Glen Oaks Community College. At 5:30 p.m., county treasurer candidates Gwen Donmyer and incumbent Judie Ratering are scheduled to …

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Millage request for Lockport Township

Lockport Township officials have decided to seek a 1.5 mill request in November to support fire and ambulance services. At stake will be an additional mill for fire protection and half a mill for ambulance service. The township’s fire mill is currently 0.6 mills, which expire next year. Meanwhile, ambulance service currently is funded with 1.5 mills. Board members last …

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Miller announces informal office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller has announced the latest round of office-hour sessions in the 59th House District. Miller said he will host the informal gatherings July 25 at three area locations: Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee in Sturgis, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.; Rachael’s on East Chicago Road in White Pigeon from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; and The Town Fryer …

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