The Aug. 2 Shiawassee County Primary Election is in the books, and the voters have spoken. Voting Republicans outnumbered Democrats 8,045 to 2,546, and most of the more tightly-contested races took place on Republican side of the ballot. Caroline Wilson (4,492 votes) defeated incumbent Lauri Braid (3,158) to win the Republican nomination for the Shiawassee County Clerk position, though Braid will represent Hazelton Township as a delegate to the Shiawassee County Convention.

Ben Frederick, Rep., and Anthony Karhoff, Dem., will face off in the November election for the 85th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives, along with several third-party candidates. Karhoff (954 votes) had to fend off strong challenges from John Horvath (762) and Joyce Surprenant (560), while Frederick defeated Hartmann Aue soundly, 4,522 to 1,986.

In the county commissioner races, Mike Bruff came back to edge Mary Nordbeck in the 1st District Republican race, 742 to 677; while incumbent Jeremy Root beat Bob McLaren in the 5th District Republican contest, 617 to 466. In the 7th District, Mark Coscarelli knocked off incumbent John Plowman in the Republican race, 579 to 513.

County residents were generous in voting to approve both countywide millages, with the MSU Extension 4-H proposal and the Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility proposal each passing by a wide margin. The MSU Extension proposal was approved 6,800 to 3,548, and the Shiawassee Medical Care Facility proposal passed 6,416 to 3,892.

These unofficial figures have been provided to The Independent by the Shiawassee County Clerk’s Office, via the county webpage. Also of note; only 21.74 percent of Shiawassee County’s eligible voters – 11,335 out of 52,133 – turned out for the primary election.

Strong Republican Turnout in Primary on Tuesday was last modified: August 8th, 2016 by Karen Elford