New member on Ontonagon County Board

Current chairman wins other contested race

ONTONAGON — All five County Board members were up for re-election Tuesday, with the District 5 and District 4 seats contested.

Current Board Chairman Carl Nykanen of District 4 walked away with 448 votes while his opponent Pat Kitzman brought in 173.

In the District 5 race, both challenger Marlene Broemer and seat holder Bryan Hamilton ran as write-in candidates after the sudden resignation of the former representative Gray Webber due to health issues.

Broemer walked away with 91 votes, while Hamilton was close behind with 77 votes.

“I’m humbled and thrilled,” said Broemer of her win, noting the close race. She was glad to have made a connection with so many residents.

One of her first moves in the role will be to see what the board knows about broadband accessibility, an issue she heard raised by many age groups in speaking to constituents. Broemer hoped something can be done to improve broadband access.

Current vice-chairman John Cane of District 1 received 419 votes and ran unopposed.

Similarly, Richard Bourdeau of District 2, received 450 votes while Robert Nousiainen of District 3 received 464.

Around the county, the role of mine inspector went to the unopposed Gunnard Kyllonen with 2,476 votes.

In a 163-97 vote, David Roberts was elected Bergland Township supervisor over Tina Dale.

In Stannard Township, Karen Mayle was elected as clerk with 249 votes and Wilfred Wing was elected trustee with 263 votes.

The Ontonagon Township Park Board saw John LaSota elected with 760 votes along with Gunnard Kyllonen with 635.