Few local contests in the August primary election

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Copper Country voters will face very few decisions about local races in the August primary election.

In Houghton County, Clerk Jennifer Kelly tells us the only competitive contest is for the Republican nomination for County Commissioner in District Two. Long-time board chairman Al Koskela is retiring. Four candidates are vying for the nomination – Lake Linden Village Council President Glenn Schuldt, Schoolcraft Township Supervisor Joel Keranen, Torch Lake Township Administrator Lou Ambuehl, and Dollar Bay’s Richard Nye .

Indeed, Commissioners Tom Tikkanen, Roy Britz and Gretchen Janssen did not encounter any opposition in August or November. Democratic District 3 Commissioner Glenn Anderson will face another challenge from Republican Dan Holcomb in November. Holcomb lost to Anderson in the 2020 race.

In Baraga County, Clerk Wendy Goodreau reports there are Republican primary contests for two county council seats. In District Two, incumbent Brad Dakota is challenged by former commissioner Michael Koskinen. Koskinen has run as a Democrat before, but moved up to the Republican primary this time. In District Three, where Dan Robillard is retiring, Craig Kent, Linda Rajala and Kent Thomas have all signed up as Republicans.

In Keweenaw County, Clerk Julie Carlson says the only disputed race will be for a seat on the open roads commission. Gary Bracco and Ken Rowe both filed as Republicans.

The Michigan primary will take place on August 2.

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