2018-12-08 / News

Rickley, Bailey Are Elected

The race for two positions on the Mackinac Island school board was one of the few contested races in Mackinac County during the November 6 mid-term elections. Incumbent Larry Rickley, with 308 votes, and Jeri-Lynn Bailey, with 251 votes, were elected while challenger Ben Mosley, with 168 votes, was unsuccessful.

The Mackinac Island Public School operating millage also passed, 299 to 89. The millage will raise 7.8 mills each year for three years.

The Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District special education millage was approved, and it will raise 0.2273 mill a year through 2022. Voting in favor of the millage were Mackinac County voters, 3,857 votes to 1,676 votes, Chippewa County voters, 8,918 votes to 3,517 votes, and Luce County voters, 1,461 votes to 920 votes. Voters in Schoolcraft County’s Seney Township were split, 30 to 30.

The Mackinac County veteran services millage that will raise 0.1 mill each year for three years passed, 4,208 votes to 1,297.

Calvin McPhee, Mackinac Island’s representative on the Mackinac Count board of commissioners, was reelected. He had no opposition in the race.

All three statewide ballot proposals passed. They will legalize recreational marijuana, redistrict Michigan, and amend voting requirements. Only one measure was supported in Mackinac County, but Mackinac Island voters supported all three proposals.

Democratic candidates swept all three top state administrative posts, Gretchen Whitmer defeating Bill Schuette for governor, Jocelyn Benson beating Mary Treder Lang for secretary of state, and Dana Nessel winning the attorney general post over Thomas Leonard.

All federal and state legislative incumbents defeated opponents to hold their seats.

Mackinac Island voters are compared to county and state voters in the table here.

Unofficial Mackinac County election results are posted in the Documents tab on The St. Ignace News Web site, www.stignacenews.com.

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