Pence runs for seat

MARQUETTE – Marquette County Commissioner Steve Pence announced he will seek another two-year term on the panel, representing District 1.

District 1 includes Precincts 6 and 7 in the city of Marquette, Powell Township and the north part of Marquette Township, which is split along U.S. 41. Pence, a Democrat, lives in Marquette in Precinct 7.

All of the county board seats are up for renewal this year and three of the six sitting commissioners are not seeking re-election.

Pence was originally appointed to the board unanimously in 2012 to fill out the unexpired term of Commissioner Jim Cihak, who retired from the panel. Pence was then elected to the board in November 2012. He will be challenged for the seat by former Marquette Mayor John DePetro of Marquette.

In seeking reelection, Pence cited his role in “promoting a cooperative, team approach to address issues such as the taxation of the Eagle Mine, the emergency relief needed for this winter’s harsh weather and the management of the county’s rising legacy costs (health and retirement benefits).”

Pence asked his constituents to re-elect him “based on my record of helping to bring stability and collegiality to the board.”

To emphasize this, Pence pointed to his role in leading an effort to establish a countywide Suicide Prevention Coalition this year.

“The existence of this successful coalition demonstrates the positive impact the county commission can have when it works collaboratively to address community needs,” Pence said.

Pence previously served with distinction for eight years as the Delta County Prosecutor. He said in that capacity he was instrumental in developing a domestic violence shelter and addressing the issue of drunken driving, which was having a significant impact on the community.

A Marquette County native, Pence returned 27 years ago and established a local law firm – Pence & Numinen, P.C. – where he continues to practice.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is