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IR city voters decide mayor, council seats

IRON RIVER—Iron River voters elected a new mayor and two council members during city elections on Nov. 4.
    There also were elections in Caspian and Gaastra, but all those races were uncontested.
    Dennis D. Powell won the race to fill the mayoral seat being vacated by Terry Tarsi. Powell received 308 votes (52 percent) to 258 votes (44 percent) for Mark Polley. Also, 16 voters cast write-in votes.
    For the City Council, six candidates were running for two seats. The top vote-getters were Ronjo Leonoff (287) and Benjamin Garcia (241). They were followed by Anthony Clements (186), Damon Nasser (141), Keith D. Hamel (127) and Patricia Mercier (108). Two write-in votes were also cast.
    In Caspian, Michael Stachowicz (51) and Mark Stauber (45) were both elected to new terms on the City Commission.
    In Gaastra, Tom Place (45) was elected to a new term as mayor, while Randy Clements (41) and Delsey Treado (35) won new terms on the City Commission.
    The three city elections were the only races on the ballot in Iron County; no elections were held in any of the townships or in the city of Crystal Falls. There also were no ballot proposals. Overall turnout was 22 percent, with the highest turnout in Iron River, which had the only contested races. In Iron River, 592 of 2,261 eligible voters (26 percent) cast ballots. Turnout was 16 percent in Gaastra, 9 percent in Caspian.