County election results announced

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — Residents in Mecosta and Osceola counties cast their ballots and made their voices heard during the Michigan primary election on Tuesday.

Winners from each party will move on to the general election in November.

Mecosta County Local Primary Election

As of 12:45 a.m. in Mecosta County with 19 of 21 precincts reporting, incumbent County Commissioner Tom O’Neil (R) had received 723 votes and Michael Roberts (D) had received 383 votes for the fifth district seat.

Commissioners Marilynn Vargo, Jerrilynn Strong, Linda Howard, Raymond Steinke, Mark Solis and Bill Routley ran unopposed for their current seats on the board.

On the Green Charter Township Republican primary election ballot, James Chapman ran against Ross Meads for township supervisor; however, as of 12:45 a.m. precincts in Green Charter Township had not reported election results.

In the highly contested Republican race for an open seat on the Chippewa Township Board of Trustees, Debbie Carmichael-Zielinski was in the lead at 12:45 a.m. with 58 votes, Annette Walters followed with 56 votes, and Alisa Hahn and Bryan Lee Roels were close behind at 43 and 42 votes respectively.

Osceola County Local Primary Election

In the Republican race for the seventh district seat on the Osceola County Board of Commissioners, incumbent Larry Emig was in the lead against Sally Momany at 12:45 a.m. with 17 of 18 precincts reporting. At that time, Emig had 234 votes and Momany had 222.

To fill the seat for the fourth district, Timothy Michell was in the lead at 12:45 a.m. with 17 of 18 precincts reporting with 181 votes to Robert Hoard’s 99 votes.

James Custer ran unopposed for the sixth district seat as current County Commissioner Pam Wayne did not run.

Jill Halladay, Mark Gregory, Jack Nehmer and Roger Elkins all ran unopposed for their current seats on the Osceola County Board of Commissioners.

Osceola County GOP Chair Rick Johnson said it was good to see some competition on the local primary election ballot.

“It’s great we have the right to vote in this country and it’s good to see people exercise this right,” Johnson said.

State Senate Primary Election

In the 33rd District Republican race for State Senate, Rick Outman was in the lead over Greg Alexander at 12:45 a.m. with 17 of 18 precincts reporting with 2,430 votes to 1,113. Mark Bignell was in the lead against John Hoppough for the Democratic Party nomination with 1,217 votes to 813.

The Republican race for the 35th District State Senate seat was led by Curt Vanderwall at 12:45 a.m. with and 2,021 votes. Bruce Rendon followed with 604 votes and Ray Franz and Cary Urka had received 483 and 112 votes respectively.

Mike Taillard (D) had received 918 votes with 17 of 18 precincts reporting and Timothy Coon (L) received 16 votes for a seat on the 35th District State Senate.

State Representatives Primary Election

Incumbent Michele Hoitenga led the 102nd District Republican race for State Representative against William Barnett at 12:45 a.m. with 19 of 21 precincts in Mecosta County voting and 2,767 votes to 1,220. In Osceola County with 17 of 18 precincts reporting, Hoitenga had received 1,118 votes and Barnett had received 621 votes.

In the 102nd District Democratic race for State Representative, Dion Adams was in the lead against Bruce Reges with 19 of 21 precincts reporting with 1,169 votes to 854.

Incumbent State Rep. Jason Wentworth ran unopposed in the 97th District Republican race.

For the Democratic Party nomination, Celia Young-Wenkel was in the lead with 289 votes at 12:45 a.m. against Bob Townsend with 198 votes.

U.S. House of Representatives Primary Election

In the 4th Congressional District Republican race for the U.S. House, incumbent John Moolenaar ran unopposed.

At 12:45 a.m. with 19 of 21 precincts reporting in Mecosta County, Jerry Hilliard was in the lead against Zigmond Kozicki with 1,381 votes to 701 for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Results from the primary election in Mecosta and Osceola counties have not been certified at this time. They are considered unofficial until approved by the board of canvassers.

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