More than six in 10 registered voters in Iron County cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 election. Locally, all five millage requests passed, while county voters preferred President Donald Trump to former Vice President Joe Biden by a wide margin in the main event of the general election.
    Contrasted with the last two president elections, the 2020 turnout was a bit higher. This year, 6,839 of voters 10,499 cast their ballots (65.14 percent), compared to 62.3 percent in 2016 and 63.9 percent in 2012.
    The County Board of Canvassers certified the election tally on Nov. 4.
    “Everything went good” said county clerk/register of deeds Julie Kezerle.  
    Four of five of the millage requests passed by wide margins; only the Healthcare Benefits Assistance Millage count was close (3,454 yes to 2,612 no). The Iron County Road millage renewal passed 4,732 to 1,385, the advanced life support ambulance maintenance renewal millage passed 4,916 to 1,123, the senior center’s millage renewal was approved 4,845 to 1,275 and the county meals on wheels program millage was approved 4,704 to 1,431.
    In the race for president, Iron County voters preferred Trump to Biden by a 4,216 to 2,493 margin. Other candidates accounted for the remaining 80 votes cast. All in all, a bit more than 62 percent of county voters chose Trump.
    The big changes in the county came on the Iron County Board of Commissioners, where three seats will change. In District 3 (Caspian, south half of Iron River) Mark Stauber (496) unseated incumbent Ray Coates (221). The other candidate for the post was Keith Hamel (142). Stauber is currently on the Caspian City Commission.
    The other two new county commissioners will be Jeff Ofsdahl in District 4 (city of Crystal Falls and Mastodon Township) and Jacob Conery in District 5 (Hematite Township, Crystal Falls Township and Mansfield Township). Incumbents Sharon Leonoff and Timothy Aho, in District 4 and 5 respectively, did not run for reelection.
    The other two commissioners will remain the same, having run unopposed – Patti Peretto in District 1 (Iron River Township, Stambaugh Township and Gaastra) and Mike Stafford in District 2 (Bates Township and the northern half of the city of Iron River).
    All county commissioners are elected to a two-year term.

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