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Village of Fountain in need of candidates

July 29, 2018

Some villages and school boards in Mason County do not have enough candidates to fill all available positions on the November ballot after the filing deadline on Thursday.

The biggest problem is in the Village of Fountain where there are not any candidates for president, clerk, treasurer or for three of the village board’s four-year trustee seats.

The lack of candidates presents a problem, according to Mason County Clerk Cheryl Kelly.

“If nobody runs, I have to contact the Bureau of Elections and find out how to proceed because they will not be able to pay bills,” Kelly said. “They won’t have a quorum.”

Residents have an option of being write-in candidates, though. The deadline to be write-in candidate is 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26. Write-in candidates must file an intent by the deadline with the county clerk.

“They would not go on the ballot. They would have to … file a declaration of intent and be physically written in on the ballot,” Kelly said. “The only way they’ll be counted is if they’re a declared write-in. If nobody declares, then we don’t have to go through the ballot.”

Ken Budzynski is the current village president in Fountain with Suzanne Oberliesen serving as village clerk. Those positions, and the treasurer position, are for two years each. Three four-year village trustee positions are also available.

Read the full story in the Saturday print and e-Editions of the Ludington Daily News.

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