August local candidates are introduced

ALPENA — Voters in Northeast Michigan now have a clearer picture of who they can vote for during the Aug. 6 primary election.

No matter how the primary and general election in November play out, there will be a few new faces in local county government in Northeast Michigan

On Tuesday, the candidate filing deadline for the primary passed and there are a few contested races in Alpena, Alcona, and Presque Isle counties.

Below is a summary of the contested races in Northeast Michigan. Unopposed races are not included, but some races could become competitive after the filing deadline if candidates choose to run third party or undeclared.


The commissioner seats for all eight districts in the county will be on the ballot in August, but only two of the races are contested and another district doesn’t have a candidate at all.

In District No. 6, Republicans Kevin Osbourne and Todd Britton will square off, with the winner running unopposed in November.

Republicans Bonnie Krajniak and Travis Konarzewski will run against each other during the primary, with the winner also likely being unopposed during the general election.

Current commissioners Bill LaHaie, Bill Peterson, Brenda Founier, and John Kozlowski are all seeking election and unopposed in August.

Future representation on the board for District No. 3 is uncertain at this time, as nobody filed to run.

The sheriff, county clerk, treasurer, prosecutor, and drain commissioner positions will remain the same as the incumbents were the only ones to file.


Only one of the races for county commissioner is contested in August.

Voters in District No. 2 will decide between a pair of Republicans, Craig Johnston and William Thompson, who will represent them on the board of commissioners. The winner will face Democrat Joe Lukasiewicz in November.

All other county positions are uncontested by those elected previously.


There are no contested races for the board of commissioners in Presque Isle County, but a pair of Republicans will face off for prosecutor. Either Ken Radzibon or Zakary McLennan will come out on top and run uncontested during the general election in November.

There are also four candidates for probate judge, as James Gilbert Kim Gildner, Jeremiah Wirgau, and Matt Wojda will seek a term in probate court.


U.S. Congressman for Northeast Michigan Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, is seeking another term, but before he advances to the general election, he will need to hold off fellow Republican Josh Saul during the primary. Two Democrats, Bob Lorinser and Callie Barr, will be on the ballot in August seeking to face off against Bergman or Saul in August for a chance to represent the area in Washington D.C.

In state government, State Representative for Northeast Michigan Cam Cavitt, R-Cheboygan, will face Todd Smallenberg. The winner will face Democrat Trina Borenstein in November.

The deadline for millages and other ballot proposals to be on the ballot in the August primary isn’t until May 14.


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