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State and Local election results

Last night's election winners included Democrat Gretchen Whitmer -- who will be the state's next Governor after beating Republican Bill Schuette.

 

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow winning her re-election race against Republican challenger John James.

 

The Congressional winners include Bill Huizenga in the 2nd District, Justin Amash in the 3rd District, John Moolenaar in the 4th District, Dan Kildee relected in the 5th District, Tim Walberg in the 7th District, Paul Mitchell in the 10th District, and Rashida Talib in the 13th district.

 

Governor Rick Snyder is weighing in, following the election of Gretchen Whitmer as governor. Snyder says -quote- “Michigan’s future has never been brighter. We have the momentum to continue on this path forward to make our state an even better place to live, work, and play for generations to come. He then touted some of his achievements while in office.

 

In local election news, voters in Mecosta County's fifth district re-elected Tom O'Neil. He beat out challenger Michael Roberts.

 

The sixth district represenative race was a little bit more contested but challenger Wendy Nystrom beat incumbent Mark Solis 625-482 votes.

 

Steven Mortenson and Stacy Dennis were elected to the Barryton trustees board.

 

Michele Rassmusen and David H. Murray were elected to the Big Rapids School Board.

 

Morton Township voters said “NO” to a millage proposal that would levy .50 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value for the operation of a youth center.

 

All three of the statewide proposals in Michigan were approved.

 

Once the state board of canvassers certifies the election, people will be able to smoke and grow marijuana in their homes.

 

Proposal 1 was approved by a wide margin.

 

Proposals two and three were also approved.

 

A commission will be set up to re-draw state legislative and congressional district lines and voting may be easier in future elections.


 

 

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Number of proposals and races to be decided in today's election

Three major proposals on the Michigan ballot this election day.

 

Proposal one would allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana for personal consumption.

 

Proposal two would make a constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representations and U.S. Congress, every 10 years, rather than being drawn by the party in power.

 

Proposal three authorizes automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting.

 

In local elections, to represent the fifth district as a Mecosta County commissioner, incumbent Tom O'Neil will take on challenger Michael Roberts, for the sixth district representative incumbent Mark Solis takes on Wendy Nystrom.

 

Voters in Morton Township to be asked to approve a new millage that would levy .50 per $1,000 of taxable value for a youth center. 

 

Luke Brown , David Murray and Michele Rasmussen are battling it out for two seats on the Big Rapids Schools Board of Education.

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State officials offer safety tips for Winter Hazards Awareness Week

It's only November 5th, but state officials want you to be prepared for winter.

 

This is Winter Hazards Awareness Week.

 

The Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security says taking a few extra steps now will ensure that you and your family are ready before winter weather strikes.

 

Some tips for preparing your home for winter include insulating water lines that run along exterior walls so they don't freeze, cleaning your fireplace and chimney and cleaning gutters to prevent ice dams from forming.

 

For your car, you are encouraged to have your brakes and car battery checked and have an emergency preparedness kit with blankets, a shovel, flashlight and first aid kit.

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Lakeview man OK after submerging vehicle in Mecosta Co. pond

A 21-year old man from Lakeview is OK after falling asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle and submerging it in a pond here in Mecosta County.

 

It happened on 85th Ave. near Eisenhower Rd, in Hinton Twp.

 

Deputies say the Lakeview man fell asleep, ran off the road to the left striking two mailboxes, power pole guide wire and a fence continuing into a pond submerging the vehicle completely. 

 

The driver had reported no injuries and refused medical treatment.

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CMU shooting suspect deemed competent to stand trial

He's been found competent to stand trial -- now a college student will face charges for shooting and killing his parents in a dorm room.

 

No trial date has been set for 19-year old James Davis, Jr., who allegedly murdered his parents on the campus of Central Michigan University on March 2.

 

Davis is charged with two counts of open murder and was captured following a 16 hour manhunt.

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Montcalm Co boy dies after falling off trailer

A Montcalm County boy is dead after falling from a trailer and being hit by its wheels while trick-or-treating last night.

 

Michigan State Police say a group of kids were being taken around Sheridan by a tractor that was pulling an aluminum trailer and the ten year-old boy fell from it and was run over by its wheels.

 

He was taken to the hospital, but did not make it.

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