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Byrns takes seat on county board


August 8, 2018

Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

VOTERS GATHER in the auditorium of the Memorial Building in Ironwood Tuesday to vote in the Michigan primary election. The ballot included state and local races, including a millage proposal by the Ironwood Area Schools for buses and upgrades. The measure was approved 59-41 percent.

IRONWOOD - Jim Byrns defeated Paul Grbavcich 131-107 in Tuesday's primary for the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat.

The two Ironwood men were both running as Democrats. Since no Republicans were on the ballot, Byrns will face no opposition on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election for the two-year term.

It was the only contested race among candidates for the seven Gogebic County Board of Commissioners seats in Tuesday's primary election.

All of District 3 is in Ironwood. Current District 3 commissioner Jim Oliver did not seek re-election. Newcomer Joann Balduc, of Bessemer Township, was un-opposed in District 4 as a Democrat to replace Jeff Wasley, of Erwin Township, who was also not seeking re-election. She received 242 votes, against one write-in. Again, there were no Republicans on the primary ballot, so Balduc will see no competition on the ballot in November.

District 4 encompasses Erwin Township and parts of Bessemer Township and the city of Ironwood. The other five commissioners were running unopposed for re-election - all on the Democratic ticket - and will face no opposition on the ballot in November. They, with the vote totals, include: Dan Siirila, District 1, Ironwood Township, 291; Tom Laabs, District 2, Ironwood, 245; Joe Bonovetz, District 5, Bessemer and Bessemer Township, 261; Bob Orlich, District 6, Wakefield and Wakefield Township, 200; and George Peterson III, District 7, Watersmeet Township and Marenisco Township, 137.

-Larry Holcombe


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