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Moreno wins reelection for District 5 County Commissioner


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Community member fills hands his identification to election employee on Aug. 4 at Jamison Hall, the Union Township Precinct 2.

Incumbent Jim Moreno will continue to serve as the Isabella County District 5 Commissioner after defeating his Democrat primary opponent William Dailey during the Aug. 4 election.

With unofficial vote totals of 474 to 348, 58 to 42 percent, in the City of Mount Pleasant precincts one, two and seven, Moreno faced his closest race in his 12 years of holding the position. The District 5 County Commissioner race was the only one with two candidates from the same party and none from the opposing in Isabella County for the election.

Isabella County had a total of 11,249 voters out of the 37,420 registered voters, a 30 percent voter turnout.

John Zang defeated Randall Doyle, 2,979 to 2,727, for the Democrat candidate position to challenge Republican incumbent Roger Hauck this November for Michigan’s 99th District representative. The district includes all of Isabella County and a small part of Midland County. 

Central Michigan University alumnus Jerry Hilliard defeated faculty member Anthony Feig for the Democrat candidate nomination for Michigan's District 4 Congressional race. Although Feig won Isabella County with 2,567 to 2,241 votes, he lost overall with 22,568 votes to Hilliard's 26,577 in the district. Michigan's 4th District includes the counties of Clare, Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, Shiawassee, and Wexford. It also includes parts of Montcalm and Saginaw counties. Hilliard will be challenging incumbent Congressman John Moolenaar in November. 

Voters also approved renewal of the Isabella County Transportation Commission (I-Ride) and the County's Fixed Operational millages. The I-Ride millage passed with 7,157 to 2,776 votes, whereas the fixed operational millage passed 6,449 to 3,361.

Currently,  Isabella County has the unofficial votes broke down by township and precinct and canvasing to verify the results begins Aug. 4 at 12 p.m.

Michigan's general election is Nov. 3.

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