6 candidates advance on city commission

MARQUETTE – Six candidates will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot following the results of Tuesday’s primary in the non-partisan Marquette City Commission race.

There were seven candidates in the race. The field was narrowed Tuesday to the six top vote-getters.

Tom Baldini received 1,654 votes, followed by Mike Conley with 1,267; Peter Frazier, 1,119; Jesse Schramm, 706; Adam Robarge, 485; and Craig Miller, 437. Brice Burge will not advance to the November election, receiving 284 votes.

Baldini is adjunct professor in the Political Science Department at Northern Michigan University, and chairman of the Marquette Area Public School Foundation and the Marquette Area Fireworks Committee and vice chairman of the Marquette County Community Foundation.

Conley, a retired physician, is chairman of the Harbor Advisory Committee.

Frazier is involved with sales at FRACO Inc., while Schramm is a local business entrepreneur.

Robarge is brewery liaison for the Ore Dock Brewing Co. and Miller is a retired operating engineer with the Marquette Board of Light and Power.

Burge is owner and editor of the news blog Marquette Social Scene.

Three vacant seats are up for election. Mayor Robert Niemi, Mayor Pro Tem Fred Stonehouse and Commissioner Don Ryan can’t run for re-election because of term limits.

Seven members serve on the city commission, with each member elected to a three-year term.

Three commissioners are elected every third year and two commissioners are elected in each of the two intervening years.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.