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Candidates vie for Keweenaw Cty. seat

November 5, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

EAGLE RIVER -Seats are open on the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners, but only one district seat is contested.

In the first district, Republican Don Keith and Democrat Donald Piche will vie for the win.

Piche currently serves on the board and said voters should look at the performance he's given in the past to decide why they should vote for him for an additional term.

Piche also said that getting jobs in the county and shoring up the economy are two of his biggest goals if re-elected.

"We're starting a Houghton-Keweenaw Trails advisory board () which will help the local economy," Piche said. "We have to get jobs in this county. We need jobs."

Keith said voters should vote for him based on his past experience and his years of service toward the people.

Among all his service is four years as an elected township official and 22 years as a volunteer firefighter.

"I've worn many hats serving my community members," Keith said.

Keith said he would to improve the economy in Keweenaw through utilizing high-speed internet, as well as improving tourism.

"My vision is forward-looking and very positive," Keith said. "Keweenaw County has a lot to offer. Tourism is the primary force."

Keith also stressed the importance of transparency and honesty when holding a public office.

The following candidates are running unopposed for Keweenaw County commissioner: Raymond E. Chase, who has no party affiliation, in the second district, Democrat Frank Stubenrauch in the fourth district and Democrat Randy Eckloff in the fifth district.



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