Saline Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about 2012 political races that touch our community. Here are five candidates to watch in races locals are already talking about:
Mayoral candidates Brian Marl and Glenn Law are the only candidates to declare thus far in the City of Saline election. Marl serves on City Council. Law was one of council's longest serving members before resigning last fall to take a teaching job up north. The filing deadline for the Mayor and City Council is Aug. 7.
Mark Ouimet, the incumbent Republican from Scio Township faces a challenge from Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, Democratic candidate. Although the redrawn district leans Republican, Saline's longest-serving mayor aims to give the Republican a race.
Lisa Slawson and Dawn Ducca are the only two candidates to announce their candidacy thus far for the two available seats. Slawson is President of the School Board. Ducca has been very active in PTA in Saline Schools. Board Vice Presdient Chuck Lesch said he does not plan to seek re-election. Slawson and Ducca are running as a team.
Joe Zurawski is challenged by Republicans Chuck Tellas and John Stanowski for the township supervisor's position in the August primary. The winner will face Democratic candidate Joan Alexander. For Trustee, five Republicans are battling for four spots on the ballot. In the running are incumbents Jill Hargrove and Jane Kartje, and Dan Pichla, Brian Iott, and Thomas Preston. Incumbent Gary Zajac is the only Democratic candidate on the ballot.