2012-08-09 / Front Page

37% of voters cast ballots

Leelanau County voters — the 37 percent of the ones who were registered and turned out Tuesday — elected a new sheriff and treasurer while keeping their prosecutor.

Those are some of the results of a busy Primary election in which county voters easily beat the statewide voter participation rate of 20 percent. They seemed decisive in their decisions, as few races were close, but did leave one issue unsettled. Empire Township where treasurer candidates Cheryl Manning and Bob Price, both Democrats, were tied at 90. The two will pull papers out of a hat to determine the winner.

One outcome of the election was to guarantee at least new faces on the County Board. Commissioners David Shiflett and David Marshall, the only Democrats on the board, chose not to seek election. Perhaps the biggest upset of the night was pulled off by Debra Rushton of Elmwood Township, who easily defeated two-term County Board member Jim Schaub. The only other incumbent county official to lose was Treasurer Chelly Roush.

In this edition, you’ll find stories about all of those races, and the defeat of former Grand Traverse Band Tribal chairman Derek Bailey in the Democratic Primary for the 101st State House seat.

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