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Caucus-goers choose candidates

Published: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 2:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 3:04 p.m. CDT

Local ballots are beginning to take shape for the April 9, 2013, consolidated election.

Last week many area residents gathered in caucus groups across the county to choose their April general election nominees for a variety of local offices. Caucuses are like primary elections with the results determining who will represent that political party on the April ballot for township offices, which include supervisor, clerk, road commissioner, four trustees, and in some cases, an assessor.

The Republican caucus in Princeton Township was attended by more than 50 township residents. The voters unanimously approved the proposed slate of nominees.

Appearing on April’s ballot will be Ron Hanley for supervisor; Ted Johnson for clerk; Eric Balensiefen for road commissioner; Grace Vetter for assessor; and Fred Pierson, David Castner, David Lowdermilk and Douglas Scroggs for trustee.

Township residents also made a decision to name Johnson as acting clerk to replace Mary Romanelli Dremann, who was elected Bureau County Circuit Clerk in the November election.

The vote wasn’t unanimous in Hall Township.

Township supervisor Marty Fiocchi had to fight off a challenge from Todd Bogatitus to keep the Democratic nomination for his seat. Fiocchi received 70 votes to Bogatitus’ 55 votes.

There was also a shake-up in the nomination for trustee. Four years ago newcomer John Piccatto Jr. tied with incumbent John Baracani, and a coin toss awarded the nomination to PIccatto. At last week’s caucus, Baracani won the nomination back with 83 votes to Piccatto’s 81 votes. Incumbent trustees Laurie Abrahams, Rob Pozzi and Charlie Lamb were also nominated for another term, as were incumbent clerk Tom Tonozzi, road commissioner Monte Moreno and assessor Dean Devert.

At the Hall Township Republican caucus, Steve Potthoff was once again nominated as road commissioner.

Potthoff will face Moreno in the April election, the third time the two men have contended for the seat.

At the Democratic caucus in Selby Township, residents unanimously approved Ronald “Tom” Dobrich for supervisor; Mark Hoffert for clerk; George Glover for road commissioner; Kelly King for Selby/Leepertown multi-township assessor; and Vern Petersen, Dennis Miscevic, Rich Magnuson and Alan Bosnich for trustee. If elected, Hoffert will replace current clerk Mike Kohr.

Glover is expected to face incumbent independent candidate Mike Bastion for the road commissioner position.

At the Republican caucus in Bureau Township, incumbent Supervisor Gary Novotny, clerk Sharon Meisenheimer, road commissioner Daryl Wooden, and trustees Daniel Rabe, Ron Swanson, Kent Mathew and Gary Monier were all nominated for additional terms.

The village of Manlius also held a caucus last week. The Peoples Party unanimously approved Robin Hewitt for village president; Lori Roush for village clerk; and Donna Ericson, Dawn Reglin and Jan Williams for the trustee positions.

All but Hewitt are incumbent candidates. Current village president Gene Menard declined to be nominated for another term.

More caucus results will be announced as the information becomes available. Independent candidates must turn in petitions with the required number of signatures to the county clerk’s office between Dec. 17 and Dec. 26.

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