Election to impact all levels of government
Although it’s an off-year, next Tuesday’s election will place critical decisions before voters at the national, state and local level.
Control of Congress is the key issue nationally, as the Republican Party hopes to capitalize on public discontent with the economy and capture a majority of seats in at least the House of Representatives, possibly the Senate.
In Michigan, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land and Attorney General Mike Cox will all be replaced, since term limits prohibit them from running again. Also term limited are Roscommon County’s delegates to the state legislature, state Rep. Joel Sheltrown, D-West Branch, and state Sen. Michelle McManus, R-Lake Leelanau. State voters also will pass judgment on proposals to call a constitutional convention and bar officials who are convicted of felonies from holding public office for 20 years.
In Roscommon County, there are contests for three of five seats on the board of commissioners, two seats on the county road commission and Roscommon Village President.
Voter interest is likely to be especially high in Markey Township, where a ballot proposal seeks the recall of four of five township board members.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at township halls Tuesday.
Profiles of candidates and ballot issues are on pages D1-6 of this week’s Resorter. Complete election results will be published in the Resorter’s print and online editions next week with results being posted online at www.houghtonlakeresorter. com as soon as they are available.