COMMERCIAL-NEWS | ROBERT TOMLINSON - Pictured is the Riverside Church polling location in Three Rivers during the November 2020 election. The primary election for the 2022 election cycle will be held Tuesday, Aug. 2, with a number of contested primaries and proposals to vote for.

2022 Primary Election Preview: What to expect on your primary ballot

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — Michigan’s primary elections for the 2022 election cycle occur Tuesday, Aug. 2, with a number of contested local, county and state primaries on the ballot.

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and go until 8 p.m. Polling locations around the county are as follows:

  • Burr Oak Township – Township Hall at 208 Front St.
  • Colon Township – Township Hall at 132 N. Blackstone Ave.
  • Constantine Township – Township Hall at 165 Canaris St.
  • Fabius Township – Township Hall at 13108 Broadway Rd.
  • Fawn River Township – Township Hall at 31194 E. Fawn River Rd.
  • Florence Township – Township Hall at 64010 Burgener Rd.
  • Flowerfield Township – Township Hall at 12020 M-216
  • Leonidas Township – Grange Hall at 30970 King Rd.
  • Lockport Township – Township Hall at 58982 Holtom Rd.
  • Mendon Township – Township Hall at 136 W. Main St.
  • Mottville Township – Township Hall at 68596 Thomas St.
  • Nottawa Township – Township Hall at 112 S. Clark St.
  • Park Township – Township Hall at 53640 Parkville Rd.
  • Sherman Township – Township Hall at 64962 Balk Rd.
  • Sturgis Township – Township Hall at 26015 W. U.S. 12
  • White Pigeon Township – Township Hall at 16975 U.S. 12
  • Sturgis City – Sturges-Young Auditorium at 201 N. Nottawa Rd.
  • Three Rivers City – Riverside Church at 207 E. Michigan Ave.

Voters in St. Joseph County will be deciding who will represent each political party during the 2022 general election, which will occur Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Some of the more contested races are the local races, as the Republican primaries for 36th District State House, 17th District State Senate, and 3rd and 4th District County Commission seats could potentially determine who wins their respective races in November.

In the 36th District State House race, incumbent Steve Carra faces a primary challenge from retired Navy vet and St. Joseph County Road Commissioner Jack Coleman, businessman Scott McGraw and Pastor Jerry Solis in the primary. The winner of that race will face Democrat Roger Williams of Dowagiac in the general election.

In the 17th District State Senate race, incumbent Kim LaSata of Niles faces a challenge from Army veteran Jonathan Lindsey of Bronson. The winner of the GOP primary in the Senate race will face Democrat Scott Starr of Coldwater in November.

Over in the St. Joseph County Commissioner races, the 3rd District, which represents Park Township, Mendon Township, Leonidas Township and part of Colon Township, sees incumbent Kathy Pangle of Mendon face off with businessman Rusty Baker of Mendon for an uncontested race in November. In the 4th District, which covers Constantine, Mottville and White Pigeon Townships, Luis Rosado faces off with David Hayslip for an uncontested seat in a brand-new district created by redistricting in the county. The county commission will have seven seats beginning in 2023.

Only one county commission seat, the 2nd District, will be contested by a Democratic candidate in November, when Democrat Erin Schultes faces off with Republican Rick Shaffer in the general election to represent Lockport Township, Flowerfield Township and the north and east sides of Three Rivers.

Other notable primaries include the Republican primary for Governor, where five are vying to be the party’s nominee to face Democratic incumbent Gretchen Whitmer in November, and the 5th District Congressional seat, where two Republicans, Tim Walberg and Sherry O’Donnell, are looking to be the nominee to face off with Democrat Bart Goldberg of New Buffalo in the general election in a new redistricted area that stretches from Berrien County to Monroe County along Michigan’s southern border.

In addition, there will be six proposals to vote on: the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority’s millage renewal, Colon Township’s library millage renewal, White Pigeon Community Schools’ sinking fund millage renewal, and a fire protection special assessment, ambulance services special assessment and police protection special assessment in the Village of Constantine.

Below is the list of all the candidates (except for write-ins and county convention delegates) and proposals that voters can expect to decide from Tuesday. Names are listed in alphabetical order by party, and then last name. (I) stands for the incumbent in a respective race.

CANDIDATES

Governor

Democratic Party
Gretchen Whitmer (I)

Republican Party
Tudor M. Dixon
Ryan D. Kelley
Ralph Rebandt
Kevin Rinke
Garrett Soldano

State Representative – 36th District

Democratic Party
Roger Williams

Republican Party
Steve Carra (I)
Jack Coleman
Scott McGraw
Jerry Solis

State Senator – 17th District

Democratic Party
Scott Rex Starr

Republican Party
Kim LaSata (I)
Jonathan Lindsey

Representative in Congress – 5th District

Democratic Party
Bart Goldberg

Republican Party
Sherry O’Donnell
Tim Walberg (I)

Constantine Township Clerk

Republican Party
Marcia Skelton (I)

St. Joseph County Commission – 1st  District

Republican Party
Jared Hoffmaster (I)

St. Joseph County Commission – 2nd District

Democratic Party
Erin Schultes

Republican Party
Rick Shaffer

St. Joseph County Commission – 3rd District

Republican Party
Rusty Baker
Kathy Pangle (I)

St. Joseph County Commission – 4th District

Republican Party
David J. Hayslip
Luis Rosado

St. Joseph County Commission – 5th District

Republican Party
Dennis Allen (I)

St. Joseph County Commission – 6th District

Republican Party
Ken Malone (I)

St. Joseph County Commission – 7th District

Republican Party
Terrance Dee Conklin

White Pigeon Township Clerk

Republican Party
Lacie Pletcher (I)

White Pigeon Township Trustee

Republican Party
Jean Tefft (I)

PROPOSALS

St. Joseph County Transportation Authority Millage Renewal

Shall the Constitutional limitation upon the total amount of taxes which may be assessed in one year upon all property within the County of St. Joseph, State of Michigan be renewed at .33 of a mill, that being 33.00 cents, (.33), on each one thousand dollars, ($1,000.00) of the taxable valuation of real property for a period of four years, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, inclusive, for the sole purpose of an operation millage for the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority for the continuation of transportation services? It is estimated that if this tax levy were spread in 2023 it would generate $720,535.00 in revenue.

Colon Township Library Millage Renewal Proposal

Shall the previously authorized increase in tax limitation on all taxable property in Colon Township, St. Joseph County, that expires in 2022 be renewed and the Township be authorized to levy an amount not to exceed .8826 mill ($0.8826 on each $1,000 of taxable value) against all taxable property for a period of two (2) years, 2023 and 2024, inclusive, to provide funds for operating, maintaining, constructing and equipping the Colon Township Library and for all other library purposes authorized by law? The estimate of the revenue the Township will collect if the millage is approved and levied in the first year of levy (2023) is approximately $103,000.

White Pigeon Community Schools Sinking Fund Millage Renewal Proposal

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy building and site sinking fund millage previously approved by the electors.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in White Pigeon Community Schools, St. Joseph and Cass Counties, Michigan, be increased by and the board of education be authorized to continue to levy not to exceed 3 mills ($3.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2022 to 2026, inclusive, to continue to provide for a sinking fund for the construction or repair of school buildings, developing and improving sites, and all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2022 is approximately $1,216,717 (this is a renewal of millage that expired with the 2021 tax levy)?

Village of Constantine Fire Protection Special Assessment Proposal

Shall the Village of Constantine have the authority to raise money by special assessment for Village-wide fire protection pursuant to Public Act 33 of 1951, as amended.

Village of Constantine Ambulance Services Special Assessment Proposal

Shall the Village of Constantine have the authority to raise money by special assessment for Village-wide ambulance services (Quick Response) pursuant to Public Act 179 of 1990 and Public Act 33 of 1951, as amended.

Village of Constantine Police Protection Special Assessment Proposal

Shall the Village of Constantine have the authority to raise money by special assessment for Village-wide police protection pursuant to Public Act 33 of 1951, as amended.

Robert Tomlinson can be reached at 279-7488 ext. 22 or robert@threeriversnews.com.

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