Midland Daily News Voter Guide

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The Midland Daily News welcomes letters to the editor from people who live within our readership area. Letters provide a forum for the public to express their views. Letters should be short and to the point, and should not exceed 350 words. The paper will edit letters for length, conciseness and clarity. Letters should include the writer’s first and last name and hometown address and a way for the newspaper to contact the letter writer, preferably an email address or daytime telephone number, to verify the author and should there be a question about the submission. If a topic has been thoroughly debated in the letters column, subsequent letters will not be published if they do not add new information or ideas to the debate. Letters that are libelous, malicious, inaccurate, in bad taste, demonstrably false, contain conspiracy theories or those that make personal attacks on private or public people, will not be published. All submissions will be posted with a first and last name along with the city of residence of the author. Under most circumstances, authors will be limited to one published letter every three weeks. Letters that exceed the 350-word count and/or whose authorship cannot be determined will not be published. The deadline to submit Nov. 3 election letters will be 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Oct. 30 will be the last day election letters will be published. Letters can be submitted online at ourmidland.com or by email to midlanddailynews@gmail.com

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The deadline to submit Nov. 3 election letters is 4 p.m. Oct. 19.

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Oct. 30 will be the last day election letters will be published.

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Where can I get more information about absentee voting?

Here's everything you need to know about voting absentee in Midland County.

Where can I get information about county, state and national candidates?

The League of Women Voters provided an online guide with more details.

Where can I get a general overview of our locally contested elections?

Find our overview of contested city, school and township races here.

Key Dates

October 20, 2020

98th District candidates Virtual town hall

October 20 through 8 p.m. November 3

In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency.

By 4 p.m. on October 23

Write-in candidates file Declaration of Intent forms for the November general election.

Up to 4 p.m. on November 2

Voters may submit written request in person to spoil their absent voter ballot and receive new ballot in the clerk’s office.

Up to 8 p.m. on November 3

Election Day registrants may obtain and vote an absent voter ballot in person in the clerk’s office or vote in person in the proper precinct.

7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 3

Election Day polls open

By 9 a.m. on November 5

Boards of county canvassers meet to canvass November general election.

By November 17

Boards of county canvassers complete canvass of November general election; county clerks forward results to Secretary of State within 24 hours.

By November 23

Board of State Canvassers meet to canvass November general election.

President

A race between President Donald J. Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.

Donald J. Trump

Joe Biden

Don Blankenship

Joe Jorgensen

Howie Hawkins

Rocky De La Guente

U.S. Senator

Incumbent Sen. Gary Peters faces Republican John James.

Gary Peters

John James

Valerie L. Willis

Marcia Squier

Doug Dern

U.S. Representative

Incumbent John Moolenaar is being challenged by Democrat Jerry Hilliard.

Jerry Hilliard

John Moolenaar

David Canny

Amy Slepr

98th District State Representative

Incumbent Annette Glenn is competing with Sarah Schulz.

Sarah Schulz

Annette Glenn

99th District State Representative

Incumbent Roger Hauck is competing with John Zang and Melissa Noelle Lambert.

John Zang

Roger Hauck

Melissa Noelle Lambert

Midland County Drain Commissioner

Joe Sova and Calvin Wentworth are comepting to serve as drain commissioner.

Calvin Wentworth

Joe Sova

Midland County Board District 6

Incumbent Eric A. Dorrien is competing with Brandon L. Sims for the District 6 seat.

Brandon L. Sims

Eric A. Dorrien

Midland City Council Ward 1

Pam Hall and Jeremy Rodgers will be contesting for the Ward #1 Midland City Council seat.

Pam Hall

Pam Hall is the incumbent in the Ward 1 race.

Jeremy Rodgers

Jeremy Rodgers seeks Ward 1 seat.

Midland City Council Ward 3

Steve Arnosky and Matt Rapanos are competing for the Ward #3 seat.

Steve Arnosky

Steve Arnosky is the incumbent in the Ward 3 race.

Matt Rapanos

Matt Rapanos seeks the Ward #3 seat.

Midland School Board (4 years)

Candidates for two open seats for a four-year term on the Midland Board of Education include incumbent Lynn Baker, John Hatfield, Kurt Yockey and Betsy Diegel.

Lynn Baker

Lynn Baker is the incumbent in the race for a four-year position on the Midland Public Schools Board of Education.

John Hatfield

John Hatfield seeks a four-year position on the Midland Public Schools Board of Education.

Kurt Yockey

Kurt Yockey seeks a four-year position on the Midland Public Schools Board of Education.

Betsy Diegel

Betsy Diegel seeks a four-year position on the Midland Public Schools Board of Education.

Midland School Board (6 years)

Candidates for two open seats for a six-year term on the Midland Board of Education include Tiffany Torain, along with incumbents Brad Blasy and Scott McFarland.

Tiffany Torain

Tiffany Torain seeks a six-year position on the Midland Public Schools Board of Education.

Brad Blasy

Brad Blasy is an incumbent Midland Public Schools Board of Education member, and is running for a six-year term.

Scott McFarland

Scott McFarland is an incumbent Midland Public Schools Board of Education member, and is running for a six-year term.

Edenville Township Supervisor

Terrance Hall Jr. and Jennifer Page are running for Edenville Township Supervisor.

Terrance Hall Jr.

Terrance Hall Jr. is a Sanford Republican.

Jennifer Page

Jennifer Page is a Hope Democrat.

Geneva Township Treasurer

Joseph Grabowski and Nancy Robison are running for Geneva Township Treasurer.

Joseph Grabowski

Joseph Grabowski is a Coleman Democrat.

Nancy Robison

Nancy Robison is a Coleman Republican.

Jerome Township Trustee

The race for the four trustee positions in Jerome Township will be contested between Gil Bernier, Mark Green, Kevin Nilles, Lee Fellows, Steve Rice and Sarah Jo Rowley, with no party affiliation.

Gil Bernier

Gil Bernier is a Sanford Republican.

Mark Green

Mark Green is a Sanford Democrat.

Lee Fellows

Lee Fellows is a Sanford Democrat.

Steve Rice

Steve Rice is a Sanford Republican.

Sarah Jo Rowley

Sarah Jo Rowley is running with no party affiliation.

Kevin Nilles

Kevin Nilles is a Democrat from Jerome Township.

Lee Township Treasurer

The race for Lee Township treasurer is contested between Jessica Barber, R-Midland, and William Stewart, D-Sanford.

Jessica Barber

Jessica Barber is a Midland Republican.

William Stewart

William Stewart is a Sanford Democrat.

Lee Township Trustee

The race for two trustee positions is contested between Lawrence Henry, R-Midland; Darla Rippee, R-Midland; and George Whittington, D-Midland.

Darla Rippee

Darla Rippee is a Midland Republican.

Lawrence Henry

Lawrence Henry is a Midland Republican.

George Whittington

George Whittington is a Midland Democrat.

State proposals

There are two statewide proposals on the ballot this election.

Proposal 1

A proposed constitutional amendment to allow money from oil and gas mining on state-owned lands to continue to be collected in state funds for land protection and creation and maintenance of parks, nature areas, and public recreation facilities; and to describe how money in those state funds can be spent. This proposed constitutional amendment would:

• Allow the State Parks Endowment Fund to continue receiving money from sales of oil and gas from state-owned lands to improve, maintain and purchase land for State parks, and for Fund administration, until its balance reaches $800,000,000.

• Require subsequent oil and gas revenue from state-owned lands to go into the Natural Resources Trust Fund.

• Require at least 20% of Endowment Fund annual spending go toward State park improvement.

• Require at least 25% of Trust Fund annual spending go toward parks and public recreation areas and at least 25% toward land conservation.

Should this proposal be adopted?

Proposal 2

A proposed constitutional amendment to require a search warrant in order to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications. This proposed constitutional amendment would:

• Prohibit unreasonable searches or seizures of a person’s electronic data and electronic communications.

• Require a search warrant to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications, under the same conditions currently required for the government to obtain a search warrant to search a person’s house or seize a person’s things.

Should this proposal be adopted?

County proposal

There is one county ballot proposal.

Delta College

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be levied on taxable property in the Delta College district (comprised of the counties of Bay, Midland and Saginaw), be increased by 0.50 mill ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) for eight (8) years, from 2024 to 2031 inclusive, as a partial renewal of the 0.4864 mill previously authorized by the electors which expires with the 2023 levy plus new additional millage in the amount of 0.0136 mill, to provide funds for community college purposes? If approved, 0.50 mill would generate an estimated $5,705,218 for the College when first levied in 2024.

Credits

Editor

Kate Hessling • khessling@hearstnp.com

Reporter

Mitchell Kukulka • mitchell.kukulka@mdn.net

Regional Digital Editor

Tony Lascari • tlascari@mdn.net