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Piche defeats Keith for Keweenaw County seat

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

EAGLE RIVER - Don Piche has won the only contested seat in the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners race with an official tally of 222 votes. His opponent, Don Keith, lost with a total of 202 votes.

Piche said he was glad he won and there were things that have to be done.

"I want to thank everyone for supporting me," Piche said. "I think we ran a good race."

According to Piche, there's no high-speed Internet and no cellphone service in Copper Harbor, which is one of the things he'd like to accomplish.

Another thing Piche said he's planning on working toward is restructuring the Economic Development Committee.

"We had some issues when our chairman quit and that's another thing we need to work on and how we're going to run that from this point on," Piche said.

The other commissioners, who ran uncontested, are Raymond E. Chase with 174 votes, Del Rajala with 148 votes, Frank Stubenrauch with 191 votes and Randy Eckloff with 149 votes

The Keweenaw County Police Protection millage renewal also passed 920 to 342 votes.

Sheriff Ron Lahti, who ran unopposed and amassed a total of 1,219 votes said he was glad it passed.

"It allows us to continue to do our job and provide the level of service we've been trying to provide for the last several years," Lahti said. "I'm very pleased with it."

Lahti added that it's a 24/7 operation and had the millage not passed they would have had to look into ways to make ends meet.

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



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