City Councilor Kaye Holman Will Run for Mayor of Ludington

News from city hall this morning.  City councilor Kaye Ferguson Holman has filed a petition for the mayor’s election in November.

City Clerk Deb Luskin confirms that Holman is the only person that has taken out a petition.  The opening occurred when  the office that was left vacant by Mayor Ryan Cox who suddenly resigned in May.  Petitions must be filed for the mayor’s position must be filed by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2nd.  Those who are running for a councilor seat can file, but must withdraw from the Mayor’s race on August 5th if they no longer want to be in the fall election.

Local Candidates Take the Podium in Scottville

Several local candidates spoke at a public forum Wednesday night.  It was sponsored by Mason County Press in Scottville. 

Dr. Lewis Squires and teacher Jennifer Doggett are both running for a seat on the Mason County Board of Commissioners.  Squires spoke of a need to streamline county board committees, zoning changes and working with townships.  Ms. Doggett said that she was qualified through volunteerism, customer service and being a teacher at West shore Community College.  Both agreed that more jobs are needed in Mason County.

Mary Alway is challenging Mason County Clerk Cheryl Kelly.  Ms. Kelly was appointed when Jim Rifle left to become the drain commissioner.  She proposes to have the county office go paperless and is making plans to speed the efficiency of the office.

Alway denied a rumor that she would replace the staff at the Mason County clerk’s office if she were elected.  She cited her experience in customer service as a qualification for the job of county clerk.

Curt VanderWal is running for the 101st state representative seat.  He said his business ownership experience qualifies him for the job.  He has worked in food distribution and operates a local lawn care company.

The entire forum is posted on the Mason County Press Facebook page.

Lower Hamlin Now Open In Hamlin Township

Great news for residents of Hamlin Township, beloved grocery store Hamlin Grocery has reopened with a new name, Lower Hamlin.  The store had been closed for two months after former owner Vaughn Flewelling closed the doors and moved out of town.

Two Local Athletes Named Mason County Sports HOF 'Athletes of the Year'

Congratulations to Spencer Knizacky and Kylie Mount for winning the 2016 Mason County Sports Hall of Fame Athletes of the Year. Both are not only great athletes, but also great leaders and citizens on and off the field. Both will be honored, June 18th at Historic White Pine Village at noon with a banquet to follow at Lincoln Hills Golf Club at 6:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased for the banquet at the Ludington-Scottville Chamber of Commerce or by calling 231-845-0324.

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