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Barry County voters had their say in the August Primary election Tuesday, making decisions that will affect the residents in the county, some for years to come.


County voters supported Lt. Governor Brian Calley 4,421 to 3,655 for Attorney General Bill Schuette, but Schuette won the state-wide nod to run against Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in November.

Third District Congressional incumbent Justin Amash and incumbent 87th District State Representative Julie Calley had no Republican opposition. Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will go against Republican John James in November.


Dr. John Bizon will be the nominee in the 19th State Senate seat, defeating former state representative Mike Callton, with nearly 59 percent of the votes. Current Senator Mike Nofs is term limited this year.


At the local level, an $11 million millage request from Hastings schools was defeated, while a renewal and increase asked by the Barry Intermediate School District was approved. There were no upsets of incumbent Barry County Commissioners. The most watched was District 3, where former commissioner Joyce Snow challenged incumbent David Jackson for the seat, with Jackson elected to go on to the November election.


Township voters generally approved new and renewal millages. Rutland Township okayed millage for the Hastings Public Library and fire protection.  Woodland Township voters approved three identical proposals for village and park operations,


Yankee Springs Township voters approved 0.75 mills for five years for fire protection and emergency services. Johnstown Township voters approved millages for fire protection and road repairs. Hastings Township voters were an exception when they turned down the Hastings library millage.










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