Saturday, July 28, 2018

Village Council & School Board seats to be contested in November Election
By Steve Horton
    Open seats on the Fowlerville Village Council and the Fowlerville Board of Education will be contested in the November General Election based in information as of last Thursday. Those offices will be on the non-partisan ballot.
    The deadline for filing was last week; however, a candidate had until this past Friday afternoon (past the newspaper deadline) to withdraw.
   There are three four-year terms that will need to be filled on the Village Council. Six candidates submitted petitions for those positions. They are Kenneth Bielous, Mary Helfmann, James Mayhew, Jane Mills, Jerry Peach, and Enrique Salfate.
   Bielous is an incumbent, seeking a second term. Helfmann, who had served on council earlier, was appointed to fill a vacancy a few weeks ago. That seat is one of those up for election. The other council post to be voted on is now held by Wayne Copeland. He was also appointed recently to fill a vacancy, but as expected did not seek to remain on council.
   The Village president post is also up election. The incumbent, Carol Hill, is unopposed in her bid for another two-year term.
   The Fowlerville School Board also has three four-year terms that will be filled. Four candidates have filed for the positions. They are John Belcher, Ron Drinkert, Steve Frederick, and Trisha Reed.
   Frederick is an incumbent and seeking another term of office. Both Belcher and Reed were appointed to board seats and are now seeking to be elected to full terms. Drinkert is making his first bid for the school board.
   A partial, two-year term will be on the ballot as well. Mary Vielbig, who had been appointed to fill a vacancy, was the only candidate to file for that opening.
   There are seats on the Fowlerville District Library Board that will also be on the November non-partisan ballot, but candidates had until August 14 to submit petition.

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