Charlevoix County election results: Biden, Trump take home primaries, Beaver Island millage passes

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CHARLEVOIX COUNTY — On Feb. 27, Charlevoix County voters took to the polls to cast their votes for their preferred presidential candidates, as well as the Beaver Island Community School operating millage and a Boyne Falls school bond proposal.

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Presidential primary

Like the rest of Michigan, voters in Charlevoix County overwhelmingly cast their votes for the leading candidates.

According to unofficial results, current U.S. President Joe Biden took home 1,754 votes for the Democratic nomination. Former U.S. President Donald Trump earned 2,987 votes for the Republican nomination.

Despite a campaign to vote "Uncommitted" for the Democratic primary race in response to Biden not calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, the unnamed candidate only took home 222 votes, a little over 10 percent of the vote in Charlevoix County. There were 2,127 ballots cast for the Democratic primary.

Among the other Democratic nominees, Dean Phillips took home 70 votes and Marianne Williamson collected 68. Williamson announced she would suspend her campaign in February.

In the Republican primary, uncommitted took the third-most votes with 141. This accounted for about 3 percent of the ballots cast. There were 4,550 ballots cast in the Republican primary.

Among the other listed Republican nominees, Nikki Haley took home 1,304 votes; Ron DeSantis earned 65; Chris Christie collected 17; Vivek Ramaswamy had 12; Asa Hutchinson got seven; and Ryan Binkley had five.

Binkley, Christie, DeSantis, Hutchinson and Ramaswamy have all either suspended or ended their campaigns.

Beaver Island Community School operating millage

Beaver Island Community School asked for a three-year operating millage renewal, creating a 15.7908 millage on non-homestead properties in the district.

Superintendent and Principal Wil Cwikiel said the millage is both a renewal and a restoration, accounting for a Headlee rollback. The restoration accounts for 0.4003 mills.

The millage renewal was voted on in Peaine Township and St. James Township and passed with 193 yes votes against 58 no votes.

"On behalf of our students, their families, and the faculty, staff and board of Beaver Island Community School, I thank the voters of Beaver Island for their continued support," Cwikiel said via email. "We are proud to be an integral part of the Beaver Island community and deeply appreciate community members making sure that we can continue our work by passing our operating millage."

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Boyne Falls Public School bond proposal

Some Charlevoix County residents were also able to vote on a school bond proposal for Boyne Falls Public School, which would bring in $11.95 million to the district. Homeowners would have to pay 2.7 mills, meaning a $100,000 home with a tax assessed value at $50,000 would be expected to pay $135 a year.

The proposed bond would address construction and other upgrades for the district, including a new community center with an additional gym and bathrooms, a new second story walking track and batting cages, and new classrooms to expand preschool programming.

Boyne Valley Township, Hudson Township, Melrose Township and Warner Township were asked to vote on the millage.

The proposal failed to pass, with 183 yes votes against 309 no votes.

"Although our bond proposal did not pass, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who worked on the campaign," Boyne Falls Public Schools Superintendent Cynthia Pineda said via email. "The board of education and administration would like to thank the parents, staff members and community members who supported this bond."

Pineda said there have not been discussions about next steps if the bond did not pass, and that she is unsure what the board of education is thinking about in terms of going to a vote again.

"As a district, we will regroup and find ways to expand opportunities for our students despite this setback. We have talented students who deserve every opportunity we can provide," Pineda said. "Let us continue to focus our energy on the students in our school district, the continued growth that we will nurture and the unrealized potential that we continue to cultivate. The Logger Nation is proud of everyone’s efforts."

— Contact reporter Karly Graham at Follow her on Twitter at @KarlyGrahamJRN.

This article originally appeared on The Petoskey News-Review: Charlevoix County election results: Beaver Island millage passes, Boyne Falls bond fails