County Board Upset: Retired county worker defeats board’s veteran vice chairman
HOUGHTON — There will be a new commissioner in Houghton County’s District 5.
Challenger Roy Britz defeated incumbent Vice Chairman Tim Palosaari in the Republican primary for District 5 by a 574-435 vote.
“I’m honored the people who voted for me came out and supported me and believed in me enough for me to go forward in the election,” Britz said.
Britz, the longtime undersheriff for Houghton County, now works as deputy chief of police and emergency management coordinator for Michigan Technological University.
Britz will now face Democrat Sharon Stoll in November, who received 626 votes in an uncontested primary.
Britz said he plans to be the same person going forward in the general election campaign.
“I’ll continue what I’m doing — meeting with people, talking with the residents of District 5 and getting their opinion on things and seeing how they want to see their representative going forward, so I can still have a solid campaign against Dr. Stoll,” he said.
District 5 includes Chassell, Duncan, Elm River, Laird, Portage, and Stanton townships.
A message was left with Palosaari seeking comment Tuesday night was not returned.
The race was the only contested primary election. Four of five districts have both Democratic and Republican candidates on the November ballot.
Other Houghton County election results:
Ashley Kela, 116.
Patrick Mclaren, 51.
Brian Wilder, 67.
Nicole Krajnak, 67.
Tressa Alvarado, 279.
Amy Skewes, 282.
Christine Abramson, 261.
Torch Lake Township
Kathryn Moore, 181.
Tom Tikkanen, 575.
Melissa Davis, 622.
Al Koskela, 637.
Glenn Anderson, 588.
Write-in (Ben Jaehnig filed), 56.
Gretchen Janssen, 524.
Write-in (John Sullivan filed), 47.
Gretchen Whitmer, 1,675; Abdul El-Sayed, 902; Shri Thanedar, 649.
Bill Schuette, 1,683; Patrick Colbeck, 612; Jim Hines, 440; Brian Calley, 431.
Bill Gelineau, 16; Jon Tatar, 10.
Debbie Stabenow, 3,104.
John James, 1,882; Sandy Pensler, 1,091.
Write-in (Matt Morgan filed), 1,478.
Jack Bergman, 2,901.
Scott Dianda, 3,178.
Ed McBroom, 1,921; Mike Carey, 1,110.