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Key election returns from Northern Michigan's Aug. 2 primary

Signs that say "vote here" sit on the lawn outside a building housing three of Blair Township's voting precincts.
Amanda Sewell
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Signs mark the way to three of Blair Township's voting precincts. (Photo: Amanda Sewell)

Voters in northern Michigan decided on millages, candidates for the November ballot, and more.

We know from the statewide vote that Republican Tudor Dixon will face Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the November ballot.

Dixon emerged from a field of five candidates, and was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

And among the big stories downstate is that Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer, who voted in favor of impeaching former President Trump, will not return to Congress in the next term.

(See other results from across Michigan.)

But voters in northern Michigan made some key decisions in Tuesday’s primary as well.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY COMMISSION

Some sitting commissioners were running for re-election, but for different seats this year because of redistricting.

In the Republican primary, commission incumbent Rob Hentschel beat challenger Carol Crawford in the 5th District. That’s despite a petition calling on Hentschel to resign, presented about a week before the election.

Brad Jewett won the Republican nomination in the 4th District. And Republican voters will send Scott Sieffert to the general election in the 8th District.

Democrats also made some choices. Ashlea Walter — currently a Traverse City commissioner — defeated incumbent Bryce Hundley by a wide margin in primary for the 3rd District county commissioner race.

And in the 2nd District, Lauren Flynn beat Melissa Hogan.

STATE SENATE

In Michigan’s 37th Senate District, Republican state Rep. John Damoose will face Democrat Barbara Conley.

And Republican state Sen. Jon Bumstead advances to the November ballot in Michigan’s 32nd District, which includes Benzie, Manistee, Mason, Oceana and Muskegon counties. He had nearly 75 percent of the vote, easily defeating challenger Charles Ritchard.

Bumstead will face Democrat Terry Sabo in November.

STATE HOUSE

Michigan’s 103rd state House District, which includes Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Benzie counties, had two Democrats and two Republicans running in the primary.

Democrat Betsy Coffia beat Michael Brodsky. Coffia will face Republican Jack O’Malley, who beat Heather Cerone.

In the 104th District, Republican John Roth eked out a win over Katie Kniss, 52 to 48 percent. He’ll face Democrat Cathy Albro, who ran unopposed.

And Neil Friske emerged victorious in a crowded Republican primary for the state House seat in the 107th District. Friske will face Democrat Jodi Decker in the general election.

DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS

Voters in Peninsula Township, in Grand Traverse County, renewed a millage about development rights along the Old Mission Peninsula. The vote was 69 percent in favor, 31 percent against.

Since 1994, Peninsula Township has been able to buy development rights from some landowners, preventing major changes to the landscape — famed for its scenery and wide-open views of the East and west arms of Grand Traverse Bay.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Blair Township will get a new emergency services building, to replace the township’s existing, aging facility. The Ticker reports that the 14,000-square-foot building will be near Blair elementary School.

Voters in Paradise Township and Fife Lake handily supported millages for fire, ambulance and police services.

Charlevoix County voters were broadly supportive of millages for transit, parks and veterans’ services.

And in Benzie County, voters were supporting a handful of millage renewals, including for EMS, drug law enforcement, a school resource police officer and animal control.

Ed Ronco is IPR's news director.