Schneider nominated, millage fails
By wide margins, voters in Tuesday's election gave Robert Schneider the Democratic nomination for Dist. 3 Roscommon County Commissioner and rejected a proposal for a new Richfield Township Hall.
In a three-way race, Schneider, who was appointed to the county board of commissioners in May following the death of Commissioner Jim Smolarz, easily won the Democratic nomination to serve the remaining year of Smolarz's term. Schneider was the top vote-getter in all three townships in the district, Richfield, Au Sable and Backus, garnering a total of 481 votes, according to unofficial returns. Former Richfield Township Supervisor James Valleau came in a distant second in each township, with a total of 220 votes. Jerry Ritter received 161 votes overall.
Schneider will face Republican nominee Jack Sheppard in the November general election. Sheppard, a former Au Sable Township Supervisor, was unopposed for the GOP nomination. He received a total of 141 primary votes.
Richfield Township's proposal for a $1.3 million bond issue for a new township hall failed by a margin of better than two-toone. The tally was 614 "no" to 299 "yes." If the proposition had passed, bonds would have been repaid over 30 years with a property tax estimated at 61 cents per $1,000 taxable value.