Voters shake up Caspian; county’s proposals pass

IRON COUNTY—City government in Caspian got a shake-up and one new member was voted to the County Board during the general election on Nov. 4.
    Two Caspian incumbents’ re-election bids were rejected by voters, who also overwhelmingly turned down a special assessment district for the Caspian-Gaastra Fire Department, which wants to raise funds to buy a new truck.
    Elsewhere:
    --In Crystal Falls, Patrick W. Sommers will take over as the city’s mayor after defeating long-time Mayor Janet Hendrickson.
    --Sharon Leonoff was voted in as District 4’s new county commissioner. Incumbents were re-elected in the other four districts.
    --Both county-wide ballot proposals were approved by voters.
    County Clerk Diane Hilberg reported a 45.6 percent turnout in Iron County, with 4,323 of 9,489 registered voters casting ballots. The election summary noted that 1,748 of them voted a straight party ballot—854 for Democrats, 850 for Republicans and 44 for other parties.
    Overall, though, Republican candidates received more votes than the Democrats in most state and federal races. More about that later.
    Candidates in partisan races are listed as Democrats (D), Republicans (R) or no party affiliation (NP).
    City races
    The big shake-up

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