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O’Brien bests Johnson for Ontonagon County board

Parent also defeats Niemela for commissioner seat

November 7, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

ONTONAGON - The results of the Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners race have been reported. District 1 candidate Dennis O'Brien won the seat over opponent Jill Johnson with a final tally of 442 to 200.

"I must commend Mrs. Johnson for a very clean campaign," O'Brien said. "I appreciate very much the confidence the voters have placed in me and I'm going to try to continue to represent them to the best of my ability."

O'Brien also elaborated on some of the things he'd like to continue to work on now that he's been re-elected.

"(I want to) fiscally keep our county running in the black," O'Brien said. "Hopefully be able to continue the level of services that we're providing and with some luck, be able to increase those services."

O'Brien added that he would like the county to move forward and get good employment opportunities and improve Ontonagon's economic climate.

Carl Nykanen of District 4 won the race over opponent Pat Kitzman with a final vote of 467 to 182.

"I'm happy, very happy," Nykanen said. "We'll try to do what we can to keep our businesses and the economy moving forward."

Nykanen said he plans on working with the Ontonagon Economic Development Committee to attract businesses.

In District 5, Dale Parent won the seat over Robert Niemela with a final tally of 426 votes to 300.

"(I'd like to) thank all the voters that voted for me and I'll try to do the best that I can do," Parent said.

Hubert J. Lukkari of District 2 won with a total 627 votes, with three votes for write-in candidates.

John E. Pelkola of District 3 won with a total of 540 votes with 12 votes for write-in candidates.

For full Ontonagon County results, see Thursday's Gazette.



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