The time for campaigning, TV ads and yard signs is over. Today is the midterm elections and there isn’t a shortage of races in the state of Michigan and the Copper Country. There are two races for Houghton County Commissioner seats: in District 1, Eugene Londo will go up against Rick Kasprzak and in District 3, incumbent Tony Pintar defends his seat against Mark Kemppainen. For the Houghton City Council, five candidates are vying for four city council positions: incumbents Robert “Bubba” Megowen, Dan Salo, Gernot Joachim, Mike Needham as well as Philip “Buck” Foltz. In the Hancock City Council race, 4 at-large positions are up for grabs with six names on the ballot: Mary Tuisku, Brock Jabusch, Gregory Markkanen, Micheal Joseph Bauman and incumbents Ted Belej and Lisa McKenzie. Baraga County has one contested race for the Board of Commissioners in District 4 with incumbent William Menge opposing Calvin Koski in a rematch of their 2012 race. This year’s ballot will also feature many other battles in various school boards as well. We’ll have live coverage and analysis of all the races on 97.7 The Wolf starting tonight at 8 o’clock.
On the state level, incumbent Scott Dianda will going against Bob Micheals for the 110th District seat in the State House of Representatives. For the 38th District seat in the State Senate, incumbent Tom Casperson will oppose Christopher Germain. For the two United States congressional races, incumbent Dan Benishek will face Jerry Canon for the 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and for the vacated Senate seat of Carl Levin, Gary Peters will face Terry Lynn Land. But all eyes will be on the governor’s race as incumbent Rick Snyder takes on Mark Schauer. The ballot will also feature two state proposals: one that would designate wolves as game species and the other would allow the Natural Resources Commission to designate certain animals as game species for hunting purposes. To see a sample ballot for your area, click here.